DAMASCUS, April 26 (Xinhua) -- During his Middle East
tour, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Sunday put out a five-point
proposal to push forward the Middle East peace process and common development.
Yang, who has visited Egypt, the Palestinian territories, Israel and Syria, said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua that China has been closely following the situation in the Middle East and he has made in-depth exchanges of views with concerned parties on various issues of the region during his Middle East visit.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem (R) and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi hold a joint press conference after their meeting in Damascus, April 26, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhang Meng)
The Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip at the end of
2008 has brought heavy casualties and instability to the region, which shows
once again that if the Middle East issue is not been fundamentally solved, there
will be no peace and security in this region, he said.
Currently, Israel has formed a new government and the
two main Palestinian factions have been holding talks under the mediation of
Egypt. Under such circumstances, Yang put the five-point proposal, which
First, the concerned parties should adhere to the
peace talks, and firmly promote the peace process on the basis of relevant UN
resolutions, the "land for peace" principle, the "Road Map" plan, and the Arab
peace initiative, Yang said.
Second, the parties should take positive measures to
restore stability and accumulate mutual trust, so as to create conditions for
the development of peace process.
Third, China believes the two-state solution should
be maintained and calls for an early establishment of an independent Palestinian
state and the two countries of Palestine and Israeli live in harmony.
"This is the ultimate way out for the Palestinian
issue, which can give guarantee to the Middle East peace and security," Yang
Fourth, the international community should continue
to pay due attention to the Middle East issue, and deliver its supports to the
peace talks, the inner-Palestinian unity and economic growth.
Fifth, the peace negotiations between Palestine and
Israel, Syria and Israel, Lebanon and Israel should advance in a coordinated way
in order to achieve comprehensive peace across the Middle East region, Yang
"As a permanent member of the UN Security Council,
China will continue to maintain close communication and coordination with
parties concerned to play a constructive role in pushing for a comprehensive,
just and lasting solution to the Middle East issue," Yang added.
He said he has enunciated China's position on current
Middle East issues during the trip. He hoped relevant parties could stick to the
peaceful negotiation and accumulate mutual trust in a bid to advance the Middle
East peace process.
He said he believes his visits to the four Middle
East nations will contribute to the peace process.
Yang left the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday after
meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid