(As delivered)

STATEMENT BY MR. KOJI HANEDA
MINISTER AT THE PERMANENT MISSION OF JAPAN TO THE UN
AT THE PUBLIC MEETING OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL
ON THE SITUATION IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

15 NOVEMBER 2005

Mr. President,

I thank you for convening this public meeting concerning the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I also wish to offer my thanks to the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lord Paddy Ashdown, for his comprehensive briefing.

Mr. President,

Japan welcomes the EU decision to approve initiation of the Stabilization and Association Agreement negotiation with Bosnia and Herzegovina last week, this year marking tenth anniversary of the signing of the Dayton Accord. We recognize that Bosnia and Herzegovina has now entered a new stage in its development, from post-conflict rehabilitation towards integration into the EU.

The remarkable development in Bosnia and Herzegovina during these ten years could not have been achieved without the tireless efforts of the people and political leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the High Representative and his staff, and the entire international community. The Government of Japan would like to commend in particular the splendid leadership of Lord Ashdown in that regard.

Mr. President,

These achievements notwithstanding, there is still much to be done in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is necessary to resolve the remaining problems, so that Bosnia and Herzegovina will be able to stand on its own feet. To that end, we expect the political leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the cooperation of the international community, to take the initiative to ensure further progress on the most urgent tasks, such as the restructuring of police, cooperation with the ICTY process, down-sizing of the total government structure of Bosnia and Herzegovina and further reform of the economy.

Mr. President,

Japan has been actively contributing to the peace implementation process in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a member of the Steering Board of the Peace Implementation Council. Currently, our assistance projects are focused on three objectives, namely, (1) enhancement of the market economy, (2) improving the environment and (3) consolidation of peace. As part of the efforts to follow up the Ministerial Conference on Peace Consolidation and Economic Development of the Western Balkans held in Tokyo last April, Japan co-hosted with Bosnia and Herzegovina and UNDP the 2nd Regional Conference on Tourism Development in the Western Balkans last month in Sarajevo.

Mr. President,

Japan, working with the international community, intends to adhere to its commitment to achieving stability and prosperity in this region through the aforementioned cooperative activities. It is our firm belief that stabilization of the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina is essential for the stability of all of South Eastern Europe.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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