Press Conference 21 February 2006

  1. Emergency assistance for the landslide in Leyte of the Philippines
  2. Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations on the presidential election in Haiti
  3. The 4th Japan-India Security Dialogue
  4. Establishment of High-Level Panel on UN System-Wide Coherence in Areas of Development, Humanitarian Assistance, Environment
  5. Visit to Japan by Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Angela Kane of the United Nations
  6. Debt-relief measure in the form of cancellation for the Republic of Bolivia
  7. Non-project grant aid to Guyana
  8. Question concerning visit to Japan by Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier of the Federal Republic of Germany

  1. Emergency assistance for the landslide in Leyte of the Philippines

    Deputy Press Secretary Tomohiko Taniguchi: Let me introduce some of the diplomatic schedules and other announcements before taking questions.

    First, about the landslide in Leyte of the Republic of the Philippines. Whatever the cause of the landslide, may I say first of all that our hearts are with the people who have lost their loved ones, especially children, and that we send our heartfelt condolences to them.

    Regarding this, on Sunday, 19 February, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency assistance in kind such as tents, blankets, and so on, equivalent to approximately 25 million yen, to the Philippines.

    Also regarding this disaster, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi conveyed his message of sympathy, on behalf of the Japanese Government and its people, to express the deepest condolences to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines on 17 February when the disaster occurred. In the same message, he also wished for the early restoration and recovery of the victims. Foreign Minister Aso also sent his message of sympathy to Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo on the same day with his regrets and the best wishes for the early recovery and restoration of the victims.

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  2. Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations on the presidential election in Haiti

    Mr. Taniguchi: Secondly, there was a statement issued by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the presidential election in the Republic of Haiti.

    On 15 February, the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) of the Republic of Haiti announced that Mr. Rene Preval was elected President as a result of the first round of presidential election. The Government of Japan welcomes the result of the elections as an important step in Haiti's democratization.

    The Government of Japan hopes that the second round of parliamentary election still to come will be implemented smoothly and that the people of Haiti will promote wide-ranging national dialogue and will exercise their efforts and commitment for strengthening democracy. Japan also hopes that President-elect Preval, who is expected to assume the presidency at the end of March, will do his utmost for Haiti's stability and democratization on the basis of national reconciliation.

    As a footnote, the Government of Japan extended assistance totaling about US$1.06 million for the elections and dispatched three election observers to the first round of election. It will also send three more observers to the run-off election for parliamentary seats.

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  3. The 4th Japan-India Security Dialogue

    Mr. Taniguchi: The next one is about the 4th Japan-India Security Dialogue. The Dialogue will be held on 22 February in New Delhi, Republic of India. From Japan, Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Kenichiro Sasae of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be joining the Dialogue. He will meet Director-General of the East Asia Bureau Ashok Khantar of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India.

    This is actually, as I said, the fourth such dialogue. The previous ones were held in July 2001, January 2004 and March 2005. The agendas have been more or less the same, about the regional security situation and bilateral cooperation on security affairs, non-proliferation, disarmament and the like.

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  4. Establishment of High-Level Panel on UN System-Wide Coherence in Areas of Development, Humanitarian Assistance, Environment

    Mr. Taniguchi: Next, on 17 February Japan time or 16 February New York time, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced that the UN would launch a panel on UN system-wide coherence in areas of development, humanitarian assistance, and environment. This is going to be a so-called high-level panel, and the members of the panel will be such people as Chancellor of Exchequer Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom (UK), and from Japan, Mr. Keizo Takemi, a member of the House of Councillors. Chairmanships will be provided by the prime ministers of three countries: the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Republic of Mozambique and the Kingdom of Norway. This is obviously one of the important steps for the UN to make an improvement in areas such as development, humanitarian assistance, and so on.

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  5. Visit to Japan by Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Angela Kane of the United Nations

    Mr. Taniguchi: Next, there is going to be a visit by Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Angela Kane of the UN. She is visiting Japan from 17 to 24 February. She will exchange views with Foreign Ministry officials on international affairs, especially Asia and Middle-Eastern affairs and UN reform.

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  6. Debt-relief measure in the form of cancellation for the Republic of Bolivia

    Mr. Taniguchi: Two other items if I may. The first is about a debt-relief measure in the form of cancellation for the Republic of Bolivia. The amount is US$2.77 million.

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  7. Non-project grant aid to Guyana

    Mr. Taniguchi: The next one is about a non-project grant aid to Guyana. The amount is 500 million yen. The purpose is to reduce poverty.

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  8. Question concerning visit to Japan by Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier of the Federal Republic of Germany

    Q: It was announced that the Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany was visiting Japan after his visit to the People's Republic of China. Do you have any additional information about the main topic, the problem of the Islamic Republic of Iran?

    Mr. Taniguchi: Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany first went to the Republic of Korea (ROK) and then stopped over here in Japan. He will meet Foreign Minister Aso, and then he will fly to China. It will be in that order.

    He will review many things with Foreign Minister Aso, including such issues as UN reform. As you pointed out, the nuclear-related activities in Iran will be part of the agenda of the talks between both Foreign Ministers. Other than that, the talks are going on at this moment so it is a little bit too early for me to go into details because I have heard nothing about what they actually talked about.

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