On the Kosovo Situation
(Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

February 2, 1999

  1. Japan supports the new initiative recently taken by the Contact Group for a political solution to the Kosovo issue.

  2. Japan strongly hopes that the parties, namely the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) and the Kosovo Albanians, will begin negotiations within the time limit and quickly reach an interim agreement concerning the status of Kosovo in accordance with the demand of the Contact Group.

  3. Japan urges both sides to halt military action immediately, so that there will be no further increase in the numbers of victims in Kosovo, and the Government of FRY to cooperate with the activities of the Kosovo Verification Mission and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, in compliance with the relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions.
    Japan's stance, given above, was conveyed today (February 2), to Dr. Radoslav Bulajic, the Yugoslav Ambassador in Tokyo, by Mr. Yutaka Iimura, Deputy Director-General, European and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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