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China Raises Five-Point Peace Proposal on Settling Israel-Palestine Conflict

2014/08/04

On August 3 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced China's five-point peace proposal on settling the Israel-Palestine conflict when he jointly met the press with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry of Egypt after they held talks.

Wang Yi said that China is a firm supporter and sincere mediator for peace between Israel and Palestine. To stop fighting at an early date and push forward the resumption of peace talks, China raises a five-point peace proposal on settling the Israel-Palestine conflict:

First, both Israel and Palestine, on the basis of maintaining peoples' safety and regional peace, should immediately and completely cease fire. Air strikes, ground military operations, rocket projectile launch and others must be stopped. Any behavior of abusing forces that cause civilian casualties is unacceptable. Any actions of countering violence with violence must be abandoned.

Second, China supports the ceasefire initiatives proposed by Egypt and other countries. Both Israel and Palestine should give up pursuing the unilateral appeal by force, and should find out a plan for common security through responsible negotiations and build a necessary guarantee mechanism for it. During the process, Israel should lift its blockade of Gaza and release Palestinian detainees. Meanwhile, the legitimate security concerns of Israel should also be taken seriously.

Third, the root of the Israel-Palestine conflict is that the Palestinian issue cannot be fairly and legitimately solved for a long time. China always supports the valid claims and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to establish an independent state. Relevant parties of Israel and Palestine should consider peace talks as an unshakable strategic choice, treat each other with good will, and resume peace talks at an early date. The talks should meet each other half way rather than against each other, and particularly the tension upgrade and confrontation aggravation caused by breakdown of the talks should be avoided.

Fourth, the Israel-Palestine conflict impacts international peace and security. The United Nations Security Council should take necessary responsibility, reach agreements in this regard at an early date and play its due role in solving the Israel-Palestine conflict. The international community should coordinate with each other and form joint forces to promote the Israel-Palestine peace.

Fifth, the humanitarian situation in Palestine, especially in Gaza, should be paid high attention to and alleviated effectively. The international community should provide timely and necessary aids and support. China will grant 1.5 million USD in emergency humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, and the Red Cross Society of China has also provided humanitarian support for the people of Gaza.

Wang Yi said that China is willing to work with the international community to make contributions to ending the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Foreign Minister Shukry highly praised the five-point peace proposal by Foreign Minister Wang Yi and said that China's position is in coordination with Egypt's efforts. The international community should welcome China's voices, and expect that China will play an important role in the settlement of the Palestine-Israel conflict.

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