Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Situation in Central Africa
June 1, 2001
- Japan is concerned about the situation in the Central African Republic where a failed coup attempt by part of its armed forces has caused large turmoils.
- The Central African Republic overcame the unrest following uprisings by some of the armed forces during 1996-1997, and it has been making efforts for domestic economic and social development, with cooperation from the international community, mainly African countries. As a country having great interest in conflict issues of Africa and in the development in Africa as a whole, Japan finds it regrettable that such an incident has occurred despite such a fact. Japan strongly hopes that democratic order will be restored as soon as possible in the Central African Republic.
- There are 48 Japanese staying in the country, including those engaged in Official Development Assistance (ODA). Japan strongly requests those concerned to ensure the safety of all Japanese staying there.
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