Published: 11:21, April 21, 2024
Palestine’s prompt admission into UN 'to rectify historical injustice'
By Xinhua
Smoke fills the sky after Israeli settlers set fire to the properties of Palestinian villagers in the West Bank village of al-Mughayyir, April 13, 2024. (PHOTO / AP)

PORT MORESBY – A prompt admission of Palestine into the United Nations is a move to rectify prolonged historical injustice, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Saturday.

Wang, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks at a press conference with his Papua New Guinea counterpart Justin Tkatchenko.

The United Nations should work to play its due role in responding to global challenges, and the UN Security Council should do its duty to maintain international peace and security, he said.

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The international community has profound dissatisfaction and disappointment at the United States over its sole veto recently to deny Palestine's full UN membership, he said.

Israeli soldiers stand next to armored personnel carriers near the Israeli-Gaza border in southern Israel, April 17, 2024. (PHOTO / AP)

An early full UN membership for Palestine is a move to rectify prolonged historical injustice, the Chinese top diplomat stressed, adding that this is an international obligation due to be fulfilled by each UN member state.

However, the United States once again openly stands opposite to international morality, and to the international community, leaving one more very dishonorable record in history, he said.

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A full UN membership for Palestine should not come as a result of Israel-Palestine negotiations, but as an equal precondition granted to Palestine for negotiations, serving as a key step towards realizing the two-state solution, he pointed out.

It is not that conditions are not ripe for Palestine to fully become a UN member state, but that justice remains long overdue, the Chinese foreign minister, noting that the US should act to show its claimed support for the two-state solution.