China condemns Israeli air raid on UN post in Lebanon
Updated: 2006-07-26 13:26 China on Wednesday felt
"deeply shocked" by and "strongly condemned" an Israeli air raid on a United
Nations post in south Lebanon, which killed four UN observers, including one
"China urges the concerned sides, especially Israel, to take tangible
measures to ensure the security of UN peacekeepers," said Foreign Ministry
spokesman Liu Jianchao on Wednesday.
"We feel deep sorrow for the victims and convey sincere condolences to their
families," Liu said.
Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zhai Jun called in Israeli Ambassador
Yehoyada Haim Wednesday morning and made solemn representations.
"China strongly condemns the activity to raid the UN peacekeeping post and
urge Israel to carry out thorough investigation and apologize to China and the
victim's families and coordinate with China to deal with the aftermath," Zhao
told the ambassador.
Yehoyada Haim expressed the Israeli government's apology for the event,
pledging to carry out broad and in-depth investigation to find the truth at an
Chinese Ambassador to the UN Wang Guangya on Wednesday made an emergency call
to UN Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown, asking the UN to require
Israel to take every measure to ensure the security of UN peacekeepers,
including those from China, and investigate the event.
The Chinese victim Du Zhaoyu was among the four UN peacekeepers killed in the
Israeli air strike Tuesday night.