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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Remarks on the 72-Hour Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreed Upon By Palestine and Israel

2014/08/01

Q: On the evening of July 31, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry jointly announced that Israeli and Palestinian factions have agreed on a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire, and will send delegations to Cairo for negotiations on a durable ceasefire. Israel and Hamas have separately confirmed this. What is China's comment?

A: China welcomes the agreement reached between Israel and Palestine on implementing a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire and negotiating a durable ceasefire, and commends the efforts made by relevant parties in this regard. What is imperative is for conflicting parties to exercise restraint, refrain from taking any provocative actions and thoroughly implement the ceasefire. Meanwhile, all parties should negotiate in a reasonable and responsible manner, work towards the same goal and reach a deal as early as possible so as to replace the temporary humanitarian ceasefire with a durable one, and to shield people from war and violence.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently reiterated China's position on the Palestine-Israel issue. He called on all parties to cherish life and immediately realize ceasefire. Foreign Minister Wang Yi will soon travel to Cairo to have in-depth discussions with Egypt and the Arab League on achieving ceasefire and working together to promote peace. China has deep sympathy for what the people in Gaza have been going through, and has provided and will continue to provide assistance to Palestine, including the Gaza Strip, to the best of its capability. We are ready to work with the international community and make relentless efforts to realize a durable ceasefire as soon as possible and safeguard regional peace.

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