Saturday, December 23, 2017

Interview with Chinese FM: Palestinians, Israelis should return to dialogue

CGTN  2017-12-23

"It has been 70 years since the United Nations adopted the Resolution which provides the partition plan for Palestine, but a Palestinian state is yet to be built even after 70 years,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in an interview with CCTV on the sideline of the Palestine-Israel Peace Symposium held in Beijing on December 21-22. 
“This is a historical tragedy that should not be continued," he said. 
China advocates the final settlement of the Palestine-Israel issue should be achieved through dialogue and negotiation under the UN resolution, said Wang. 
China supports the two-state solution and the establishment of an independent State of Palestine, which enjoys full sovereignty by the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital, according to Wang. 
"All responsible countries should stand out and speak with a common voice to bring the Palestine-Israel issue back to the track of dialogue and negotiation," Wang said. "In particular, we should follow the resolutions of the United Nations and respect the wishes of the majority of countries to achieve the final settlement of the Palestine-Israel issue." 
"We attach great importance to the Palestine issue because we think the Palestinians also have the legitimate right to establish their own country, and this is a common wish of the international community as well. Therefore, we have been promoting the peaceful settlement of the Palestine-Israel issue on various occasions," Wang added.