Tue, 22 Jan 2019
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Jerusalem

Chinese government has called on Israel to create necessary conditions for the resumption of peace talks with Palestine.

At an open debate of the Security Council on the situation of the Middle East, Chinese envoy Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN, urged Israel to put an end to the construction of settlements on occupied territories, lift the blockade on Gaza, and release Palestinian prisoners as soon as possible, Xinhua reported.

Liu said despite the ceasefire of Gaza, things on the ground remain fragile and humanitarian situation is worrying. To change it, the envoy said, it requires Palestine and Israel to work together with the rest of the international community.

"The recurrent conflicts between Palestine and Israel in Gaza shows once again that deadlock in talk is bound to aggravate tensions and drag both parties down into a cycle of violence," he said.

The Israelis and the Palestinians resumed peace talks in July 2013 after a three-year hiatus. The talks were deadlocked in March this year and collapsed in April, with both sides accusing the other of failing to keep its commitments. Israel wanted the Hamas- controlled Gaza Strip demilitarised while Hamas demanded a lift to the blockade on the enclave.

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