Cooperation vowed in handling death
By Xing Zhigang (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-08-02 06:13
Israel yesterday pledged "100 per cent" co-operation with China to handle the
aftermath of the death of a Chinese UN observer in an Israeli air raid on a UN
post in southern Lebanon.
PLA soldiers carry Du Zhaoyu's
coffin to a millitary plane which left Israel for China yesterday
Nadav Eshcar, political and press officer of the Israeli Embassy in China,
described the death of Lieutenant Colonel Du Zhaoyu as a "tragedy," for which
Israel expressed deep sorrow.
"As we have promised, we will be 100 per cent co-operative to show our
goodwill in this time of hardship," he told China Daily.
Eshcar said the Israeli Government co-operated fully with the Chinese team
sent to bring back Du's body.
Israeli authorities issued visas on the spot for the team's seven members,
who included Du's widow Li Lingling and officials from the Foreign Ministry and
the Peacekeeping Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defence.
The team flew to Tel Aviv last Thursday to bring back Du's body.
Eshcar said Israel also allowed a Chinese military plane to land at Tel Aviv
International Airport to carry Du's coffin home.
The body was transferred from UN peacekeeping forces to Chinese authorities
at 3 pm yesterday, local time.
At a ceremony attended by the Chinese Ambassador to Israel Chen Yonglong,
Du's coffin was covered with a national flag and carried aboard the military
It left Tel Aviv later yesterday and is expected to arrive at Nanyuan Airport
in Beijing this morning.
Eshcar said the Israeli Ambassador to China, Yehoyada Haim, will attend a
memorial ceremony planned in Beijing to remember 34-year-old Du.
Du, who has a 1-year-old son, died with three other UN observers last
Wednesday, when Israeli planes bombed their base in the town of Khiam near the
eastern end of Lebanon's border with Israel.
(China Daily 08/02/2006 page1)