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Int'l community should redouble efforts to speed up political process in Middle East

(Xinhua)

09:40, December 01, 2011

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The international community should redouble its efforts to promote peace, speed up the political process for the settlement of the Middle East issue, and avoid escalation of turbulences in the region, a Chinese diplomat said here on Wednesday.

The remarks came as Li Baodong, permanent representative of Chinese mission to the UN, addressed a meeting of the General Assembly on review of the Middle East situation and the Palestinian issue.

Li told the meeting that the Middle East issue cannot be resolved without the strong support of the international community. China supports the United Nations in playing a bigger role in resolving the Middle East issue.

"As a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a country with a strong sense of responsibility, China has made vigorous efforts to promote peace and negotiations in its own way and advance the Middle East peace process. China will continue to work with the international community and the parties concerned and play a constructive role in the early achievement of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East," he said.

Concerning the recent development in the Gaza Strip, Li said that the security and humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip remains a serious challenge.

"China hopes that the parties concerned will keep restraint, avoid escalation of the tensions in the Gaza Strip, implement in good faith the relevant UN resolutions, lift all the blockades in the area and create favorable conditions for an early restart of peace talks," he said.

On the Syria-Israel and Lebanon-Israel issues, China firmly supports the just cause of Syria and Lebanon to maintain sovereignty and territorial integrity, and recover their occupied territories, Li said. "China supports the strategic choice made by Arab states in their pursuit of a comprehensive and lasting peace in the region," he added.

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