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The UN Security Council Held Emergency Consultations Again on the Situation in Palestine

2021/05/12

On 12 May, the UN Security Council had emergency consultations, the second time this week, on the latest situation in Palestine. Ambassador Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, chaired the meeting as President of the Council, and elaborated on China's position in his national capacity.

Ambassador Zhang said, recent days have seen continued deterioration of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, escalating violence and tensions in East Jerusalem and the serious conflicts in the Gaza Strip, which caused massive civilian casualties. The Palestinian side has written many times to the Security Council, asking the Council to pay more attention and take actions. China is deeply concerned about the situation in Palestine. China strongly condemns violence against civilians, and calls on all relevant parties, especially Israel, to exercise restraint. China urges all parties to immediately end all acts of hostilities, abide by relevant UN resolutions and obligations under international law, and refrain from taking actions that may lead to further escalation. The historic status quo of the holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem should be upheld and respected.

Ambassador Zhang emphasized, under the current situation, all efforts must be made to calm the tensions, protect the safety and rights of the ordinary civilians, and prevent a full scale crisis. China supports the UN in playing a bigger role in calming the tensions. Shouldering the primary responsibility of maintaining international peace and security, the Security Council should speak with one voice, reaffirm the commitment to the two-state solution and deliver on its mission of maintaining international peace.

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