Statement by Foreign Minister Yohei Kono on Resumption of Syrian Track
December 10, 1999
- On the morning of December 9 (Japan time), U.S. President Bill Clinton announced at a press conference that high-level peace talks between Israel and Syria would be held next week in Washington, D.C. Japan welcomes the resumption of the Syrian track.
- The peace talks between Israel and Syria will be resumed after a suspension of three years and eleven months since January 1996. I hope that these difficult talks will make progress through courageous decisions of the leaders of both countries.
- Japan expects that the progress of the Syrian track, in addition to the Palestinian track, will contribute to the realization of a comprehensive peace in the Middle East, and Japan, on its part, will spare no effort to assist that purpose.
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