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Statement of Ambassador Yu Jianhua at the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

Mr. President,

China is gravely concerned over the numerous casualties caused by recent violent conflicts in the Gaza Strip, and calls on both sides, especially Israel to exercise restraint to avoid further escalation of tension. China opposes indiscriminate use of force, and urges relevant parties to immediately stop violence against civilians.

As one of the core issues of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the status and sovereign position of Jerusalem touches upon national and religious sentiments, and is highly complex and sensitive. China supports an early resumption of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks in accordance with relevant UN resolutions, and a solution to the final status of Jerusalem through dialogue.

China has always firmly supported the just cause of the Palestinian people to restore their legitimate national rights, and supported the establishment of an independent and fully sovereign Palestinian state, through Palestinian-Israeli talks, based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. China's President Xi Jinping made a four-point proposal on facilitating the settlement of the Palestinian issue, namely, firmly advancing political settlement based on the "two-state solution", upholding the concept of common, integrated, cooperative and sustainable security, further coordinating efforts of the international community and strengthening synergy in the interest of peace, and taking an integrated approach and promote peace through development. China is willing to maintain communication with relevant parties of the international community on the issue of Palestine and work jointly to bring about a comprehensive, fair and lasting solution at an early date.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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