Statement by Foreign Minister Yohei Kono on Resumption of Syrian Track

December 10, 1999

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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