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Special Envoy of China on Middle East Issue Wu Sike Attends 2nd Conference on Cooperation Among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development

On March 1, 2014, Ambassador Wu Sike, the Special Envoy of China on the Middle East Issue, attended the second Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD) held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and others attended the opening ceremony of the Conference. Foreign ministers or deputy foreign ministers of Indonesia, Palestine, South Africa, Brunei, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and other countries, and representatives of international organizations such as the Islamic Development Bank, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East and World Bank attended the Conference and made remarks, briefing their respective work on promoting Palestine's capacity build-up and plans for the next phase. Special Envoy Wu Sike delivered a speech entitled "Promote Palestine's Capacity Build-Up and Bring More Opportunities to Peace".

Wu Sike said that, to promote Palestine's capability build-up lies the hope for Palestine-Israel peace. It is the obligatory responsibility of the international community to help and support Palestine for its economic construction and social development. It is also the way of must to realize the lasting peace between Palestine and Israel. The Chinese side has always provided help within its ability for the Palestinian people. In the future, China will continue the support for Palestine to enhance endogenous economic dynamism, to improve social and livelihood environment, and tocreate more favorable conditions for realizing Palestine-Israel peace. Ambassador Wu pointed out that, Palestine-Israel peace talks now enters into a quite complicated and delicate phase, within which opportunities and challenges co-exist. Under this circumstance, both sides of Palestine and Israel, especially Israel, should seize the opportunities, eliminate obstacles and meet each other half way, so as to create a favorable atmosphere for the promotion of peace talks. The international community should also promote peace and facilitate talks in a fair and balanced way, and push forward Palestine-Israel peace talks to achieve substantial progress at an early date.

Ambassador Wu stressed that, the Chinese side has always unswervingly supported the Palestinian people's just cause and the Middle East peace process. Since last year, China has made new contributions to promoting Palestine-Israel peace talks by taking actions of simultaneously hosting the visits of Palestinian and Israeli leader, raising a four-point proposal for the settlement of the Palestinian issue, hosting the United Nations International Meeting in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace and paying visits to Palestine and Israel by Foreign Minister Wang Yi. In the future, China will continue to actively promote peace and facilitate talks in its own way and make unremitting efforts to comprehensively and impartially solve the Palestinian issue at an early date.

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