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China calls for immediate end to military action in Gaza

world Updated: Jan 12, 2009 16:50 IST
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China envoy calls for immediate end to military action in Gaza

China's special envoy to the Middle East called Monday for an immediate end to all military action in Gaza and the easing of the ongoing humanitarian crisis there, state press said.

In remarks made to Arab League secretary general Amr Moussa in Cairo, Sun Bigan urged all parties to abide by UN Security Council resolutions on ending the conflict that has left more than 900 people dead, Xinhua news agency said.

"We call on all parties concerned to abide by the UN Security Council Resolution 1860 and cease all military actions immediately to avert more casualties," Xinhua quoted Sun as saying.

"Measures should be taken to ease the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. A stable channel for supply of humanitarian aid including food, medicine and fuel for Gaza should be open at the earliest time possible."

Israeli infantry units clashed with Hamas fighters across Gaza on Monday as Israel sent reservists to boost its ground forces as talks on ending the 17-day-old war plodded on in Egypt.

Following talks in Egypt, Sun will head to Israel and the Palestinian territories to call for an end to hostilities, China's foreign ministry said over the weekend.

Sun called on the two sides to begin negotiations on establishing a ceasefire monitoring mechanism and urged the immediate resumption of Palestine-Israel peace talks, the report said.

"The international community should increase mediating efforts for peace and promote a comprehensive, just and durable settlement of the Middle East issue," Sun said.