STATEMENT BY H.E. MR. KENZO OSHIMA
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF JAPAN
AT THE PUBLIC MEETING OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL
ON THE SITUATION IN LIBERIA
17 MARCH 2006
Thank you, Mr. President,
I join in warmly welcoming Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to the Security Council. On behalf of the government of Japan I wish to extend once again our sincere congratulations to the President of the Republic of Liberia on her inauguration.
We trust that, in meeting the many daunting challenges Liberia faces in overcoming the legacies of the decade-long civil war, the Government and people of Liberia will be united under the leadership of the President and will make every effort to consolidate the hard-won peace and move steadfastly towards its recovery, reconstruction, national reconciliation and a new nation-building.
To support this national effort, the international community must respond not only by the goodwill but also by mobilizing substantial support and assistance to Liberia. For its part, the Security Council will have to address such matters as the future activities of UNMIL, the lifting of the sanctions and the issue of impunity, in close consultation with the new government.
As the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister Koizumi, Mr. Shintaro Ito, already conveyed in January, Japan, as a friend of Liberia and of Africa, will be pleased to join in accelerated and sustained international cooperation for Liberia as it embarks on a new journey. We will be working in partnership and in solidarity with the Government and people of Liberia, including for community-based development, reintegration of child soldiers, anti-proliferation of small arms and other reconstruction and development projects. It is the hope of my government that friendship between our two countries will be strengthened through close dialogue and cooperation with the President, the Government and the people of Liberia. We wish the President and the people of Liberia well and a success and wish them a better future.
I thank you, Mr. President.
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