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China Says the Peoples of the World Will Not Forget How the U.S. Denied Palestine Its Statehood

Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, addresses the Security Council meeting on the admission of new members. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

April 20, 2024 (EIRNS)—"An independent State of Palestine has been a long-cherished dream for generations of Palestinians. Full UN membership for Palestine is a crucial step in this historic process. Palestine first submitted a membership application as early as 2011. It was U.S. opposition then that the Council’s action was put on hold. Thirteen years later, it was again the U.S. veto that denied Palestine full UN membership and shattered the decades-long dream of the Palestinian people. History and people of the world will not forget this unconscionable act.”

So answered Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lin Jian on April 19, in response to a question from Anadolu Agency about the U.S. veto of Palestine’s full membership in the United Nations.

“The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is still persisting. A severe humanitarian crisis continues to unfold in Gaza. The U.S. denied Palestine’s full UN membership, but it can’t deny the region’s call for immediate ceasefire, the Gazans’ need for humanitarian aid, and the global desire for a just and lasting solution to the question of Palestine,” Lin added. “The international community needs to fully implement relevant UNSC and UNGA resolutions, fully respect the will of the Palestinian people, return to the two-State solution and establish an independent State of Palestine at an early date. Only by doing so can there be peace between Palestine and Israel, harmony between Arab and Jewish peoples, and lasting peace in the Middle East.”

China, he noted, firmly supports Palestinian statehood, and “will continue to work relentlessly and constructively with relevant parties to bring an early end to the fighting in Gaza, alleviate the humanitarian catastrophe, and implement the two-State solution.