China said on Wednesday that the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip will be the “focus of its attention” during its term as president of the UN Security Council.
Earlier today, China assumed the presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of November.
China’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, said in a press conference, “The conflict in Gaza will be a focal point during the Council’s upcoming work.”
Zhang added, “The Council has been focusing on this issue for a few weeks, and it will remain the focus of the Council’s work, especially during the Chinese presidency.”
The Chinese official explained, “The Council will strive to achieve a ceasefire, reduce civilian casualties, limit humanitarian disasters, promote the two-state solution, and achieve lasting peace between Israel and Palestine during China’s presidency.”
In addition to the conflict in Gaza, the Council’s agenda will cover discussions on the status of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the situation in Sudan, developments related to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Libya, missile launches by North Korea, the war in Ukraine, and other relevant issues. Relevance according to the same source.
Since October 7, the Israeli army has launched air strikes on residential neighborhoods in the Gaza Strip, causing massive destruction, during which more than 8,796 Palestinians were killed, including 3,648 children, and 22,219 were injured. 126 Palestinians were also killed and about 2,000 were arrested in the West Bank, according to official Palestinian sources.