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Wang Yi: China's Four-Point Proposal Well Received by Both Palestine and Israel and the International Community

2014-01-07 17:27

Foreign Minister Wang Yi talked about Palestine-Israel peace talks and the Quartet mechanism for the Middle East peace process during a recent interview with Al Jazeera. He said that the four-point proposal on the Middle East peace process by President Xi is highly comprehensive and has been well received by both Palestine and Israel and the international community at large.

Wang Yi remarked that the Palestine-Israel issue is a long-standing hotspot issue. Peace in the Middle East will be elusive if this issue is not resolved. As a permanent member of the Security Council, China has all along played its own role in seeking a solution. In May this year, China received the visits by Palestinian and Israeli leaders at the same time. President Xi Jinping went out of his way to work on them respectively and made a four-point proposal to resolve the Palestine-Israel issue. He stressed that an independent Palestinian State and the peaceful co-existence between Palestine and Israel is the right direction of a settlement, that peace negotiation is the only realistic way leading to Palestine-Israel reconciliation, that "land for peace" and other principles are the important foundation to advance the Middle East peace process, and that international support is a necessary guarantee for moving the peace process forward. The four-point proposal by President Xi is highly comprehensive and has been well received by both Palestine and Israel and the international community at large.

Wang Yi said that during his visit to Palestine and Israel, he spent long hours discussing with Palestinian and Israeli sides on President Xi's four-point proposal. He had a deep impression from the meetings that both sides saw their peace talks as the sole alternative, they both hoped to continue with it to a fruitful end, and they both saw the current moment as an important opportunity. It is fair to say that mutual recognition of each other's right to exist and mutual accommodation of each other's legitimate concerns is the right way to move the talks forward. In the peace talks, one should try to bring people around with reason rather than power. Wang told the two sides clearly that this land is the common homeland for both Palestinians and Israelis. The fact that the State of Israel has existed for over 60 years and the Palestinian brothers and sisters remain displaced without realizing their legitimate rights and interests to statehood is not fair, nor reasonable, and should not be allowed to go on. That is why China supports the establishment of an independent State of Palestine on the basis of the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital living in peace with Israel. In this way, peace in the Middle East will be guaranteed. China will continue to work toward such a direction. Wang stated his conviction that so long as both sides can work toward such a direction and with full support of the international community, a success of the peace talks will be highly hopeful.

Wang Yi said that with respect to the Quartet mechanism, first, China hopes that it can truly play a role, especially at this crucial juncture of Palestine-Israel peace talks. Second, China is open to the mechanism, and ready to join it if the Quartet so wishes. Third, even if not joining it, China will continue to work in its own way to move the peace process forward.

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