New York, June 28 (QNA) - China voiced deep concern over the deteriorating situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, and called on the international community to take urgent and decisive actions to prevent the Palestinian issue from being totally derailed.
It is concerning that the continued expansion of Israeli settlements "has encroached upon Palestinian land and natural resources, undermines the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination," Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, told a Security Council briefing on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.
"Every brutal inch of expansion of settlement is making the prospect of a two-state solution much harder to achieve. We urge Israel to stop all settlement activities," Zhang said.
Zhang said China strongly condemns the continued violence by Israeli security forces and the settlers, which has resulted in heavy Palestinian casualties, including children, according to China's News Agency (Xinhua).
"The question of Palestine is a litmus test of the international justice and fairness," Zhang said, stressing that piecemeal crisis management cannot substitute for a comprehensive and just settlement.
Zhang said that China calls upon the international community, especially those having key influence on the parties concerned, to make genuine efforts for the peace process in the Middle East.
The envoy urged the Israeli occupation to launch as soon as possible a criminal investigation into the killing of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, and release its findings in order to ensure accountability. (QNA)
28 June 2022
China Calls for Urgent, Decisive Actions on Palestinian Issue
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