Press Conference 19 July 2005

  1. Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations on the interim peace agreement between Indonesia and Aceh
  2. World Civilization Forum 2005
  3. Fourth Security-related Officials Meeting between Japan and the People's Republic of China
  4. Emergency aid for hurricane disaster in the Republic of Haiti
  5. Grant assistance to Samoa
  6. Question concerning Group of Four (G4) plus African Union (AU) Foreign Ministers' Meeting
  7. Questions concerning G4 draft resolution

  1. Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations on the interim peace agreement between Indonesia and Aceh

    Assistant Press Secretary Akira Chiba: Good afternoon and thank you very much for coming to the briefing. Today, I would like to make several announcements before I take questions.

    First, the Government of Japan welcomes the fact that the interim agreement on the peace process in Aceh was reached on 17 July between the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM).

    It has been the basic stance of the Government of Japan to hope that the problem of Aceh be resolved peacefully under the territorial integrity of Indonesia, and it is prepared to continue extending necessary supports for the endeavor for a peaceful resolution of the Aceh problem.

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  2. World Civilization Forum 2005

    Mr. Chiba: The World Civilization Forum 2005 will be held on 22 July (10:15 - 18:30) in Tokyo (United Nations University).

    Under the theme "How to bring young people together to overcome difference in the world," the Forum will bring together leading experts from around the world to sum up the lessons of the 20th century characterized by economic development, phenomenal progress of science and technology, respect for human rights, transformation in culture and arts, and wars and revolutions. The Forum will also discuss possible theoretical and systematic frameworks to create a new paradigm for the 21st century, and will propose them for the world.

    The Forum will comprise the following three sessions: 1. Partnership for Justice, Fairness and Equity in the Globalizing World, 2. Development as Capability Expansion: Alternative Paths to Justice, Freedom and Well-being, 3. The Arts in the Age of Globalization.

    The Forum, chaired by Harvard University Professor Amartya SEN, will include the following as panelists: Minister of Economy and Planning of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Khalid bin Mohammed AL-GOSAIBI; President of Institute for Interreligious Dialogue/Advisor to Iranian President Khatami, Seyed Mohammad Ali ABTAHI; First President of the Republic of Zambia, Kenneth David KAUNDA; former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Korea, HAN Seung-soo; and Professor of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University in the United States of America, Francis FUKUYAMA.

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  3. Fourth Security-related Officials Meeting between Japan and the People's Republic of China

    Mr. Chiba: The fourth Security-related Officials Meeting between Japan and the People's Republic of China will be held on 20 and 21 July in Tokyo (Mita House).

    The Meeting will be attended on the Japanese side by its head, Deputy Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Shinichi Nishimiya of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and related officials of the Foreign Ministry, the National Police Agency, the Ministries of Justice; Finance; Health, Labour and Welfare; Economy, Trade and Industry; and Land, Infrastructure and Transport; and the Japan Coast Guard; and on the Chinese side by its head, Deputy Director-General of the Consular Department Zhang Li Guo of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and relevant officials of the Foreign Ministry; Public Security Ministry; and the China National Tourism Administration.

    At the Meeting, information on such matters as illegal departure and entry, arms and drugs, and mutual judicial assistance, will be exchanged, and views will be exchanged on further cooperation between Japan and China concerning more effective measures to prevent crime and methods to control it.

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  4. Emergency aid for hurricane disaster in the Republic of Haiti

    Mr. Chiba: The Government of Japan has decided to extend emergency assistance in kind (blankets, electric generators and intermediate and short wave radios) equivalent to about 11.0 million yen to the interim government of the Republic of Haiti, which has sustained a large-scale disaster from Hurricane Dennis.

    In Haiti, flooding caused by the hurricane from 6 to 7 July left 26 people dead, about 15,000 afflicted, more than 1,600 houses totally or partially destroyed and considerable damage to farm produce and infrastructure including bridges (announcement by the Ministry of Interior and National Territories of the Government of Haiti on 13 July). At present, evacuees in Haiti are forced to lead a difficult life in wide-ranging areas mainly in the southern part of the country. The Government of Haiti, while conducting relief operations of its own, has requested emergency aid from the international community.

    The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency aid on humanitarian grounds for those afflicted by the disaster and in view of the friendly relations between Japan and Haiti.

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  5. Grant assistance to Samoa

    Mr. Chiba: In order to assist the implementation of the Project for the Renovation and Extension of Apia Fisheries Wharf and Related Facilities, the Government of Japan decided to provide up to 707 million yen in the form of grant aid to Samoa, and notes were exchanged between Japanese Ambassador to Samoa Masaki Saito and Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Toomata Alapati Toomata of Samoa. This assistance is aimed to expand the fishery port facilities and the fishery market in Apia.

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  6. Question concerning Group of Four (G4) plus African Union (AU) Foreign Ministers' Meeting

    Q: There are reports that the coming Group of Four (G4) plus African Union (AU) meeting will take place on 25 July in Geneva. Can you confirm this?

    Mr. Chiba: We are trying to hold a meeting between the G4 and the AU foreign ministers on 25 July. As to the venue, we are still trying to finalize this, and I cannot confirm at this stage.

  7. Questions concerning G4 draft resolution

    Q: As there is meager prospect of the G4 resolution being adopted, is Japan going to launch a campaign to obtain understanding from countries which have expressed opposition to the resolution such as China?

    Mr. Chiba: China has already expressed its opinion concerning the G4 draft resolution, and we have been trying to gain understanding from the Chinese side on this matter. As to the G4 draft resolution, China has stated before that the resolution damages the interest of developing countries. We have seen that the AU has submitted a resolution stating that it wishes to increase the number of permanent members on the Security Council. We would like to continue our negotiations with the AU with a view to coming up with a resolution that can be supported by more and more countries.

    Q: Is the Japanese Government going to hold a new campaign to increase support from countries such as the US which has expressed its opinion against the resolution?

    Mr. Chiba: Negotiations are being carried out primarily in New York. Our future efforts will be centered on the New York process.

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