Joint Statement on Friendship and Partnership between Japan and Georgia

Prime Minister of Japan Keizo Obuchi and President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze, on the occasion of President Shevardnadze's official visit to Japan, issued the following statement concerning the framework for future relationship between the two countries.

Both sides reached a common recognition that they will build their bilateral relationship in the spirit of mutual respect, trust and equal partnership on the basis of respect and support for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of each other. Both sides pointed out the necessity of the mutual interests in political, economic, cultural and other fields.

Considering that the expansion of political dialogue between the two Governments is a beneficial and effective way of developing the bilateral relationship, both sides affirmed the importance of exchanging views on various matters of mutual interest, including international and regional issues. Both sides expressed the intention to hold consultations through the Ministries of Foreign Affairs on bilateral and international issues.

Both sides recognized the importance of supporting efforts for further development of Central Asian and Transcaucasian region as a trans-Eurasian corridor.

Both sides confirmed the intention to make necessary efforts to strengthen cooperation and stability in the Eurasian region - an important factor for development of the Caucasus Region. Both sides welcomed the role of the UN and OSCE in the settlement of conflict in the Eurasian Region.

Both sides confirmed their intention to contribute to the strengthening of the role of the United Nations in accordance with the principles set out in the UN charter. The Georgian side expressed its support for the willingness of the Japanese side to discharge its responsibilities as a permanent member of the Security Council of the United Nations. Both sides expressed their support for the reform of the Security Council in a manner that will enhance the representativeness of each region including the Group of Eastern European States to which Georgia belongs. In this regard, both sides attached particular importance to the early realization of this reform. Both sides expressed their intention to cooperate actively within the United Nations and other international organizations in order to maintain international peace and security and to contribute to the peaceful solution of conflicts. Both sides also shared the view that the strengthening of the role of the United ! Nations could be achieved through ensuring a stable financial base, and strengthening cooperation for economic and social development in developing countries.

Completely recognizing the generally accepted principles of the international law, both sides condemned the acts of aggression and terrorism in any form and confirmed the inadmissibility of the threat by force or the use of force in the interstate relations.

Taking in account, that the promotion of exchange between the parliaments of both countries would significantly contribute to the bilateral relationship, both sides reached a common recognition of the need to encourage inter-Parliamentary cooperation and contacts between legislative and executive bodies of the two countries.

Both sides shared the view that they should promote mutual exchanges in such various fields as science and technology, culture, education and tourism. Both sides also emphasized the importance of the promotion of personnel exchanges.

The Japanese side welcomed the efforts being made by the Georgian side in collaboration with international financial institutions for the implementation of economic reforms toward the market economy and expressed its intention to support these efforts. In this regard the Georgian side highly appreciated the support and cooperation of the Government of Japan in a process of Georgia's accession to the World Trade Organization.

The Japanese side expressed its deep satisfaction in hearing that Georgia acceded to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as a non-nuclear weapon state in 1994. Both sides shared the intention to cooperate for the strengthening of international peace and for the prevention of nuclear threat.

Tokyo, March 4, 1999.

Keizo Obuchi
Prime Minister of Japan
Eduard Shevardnadze
President of Georgia

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