Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Holding of the Meeting of the Presidents of South America

September 4, 2000

  1. Japan pays tribute to the initiative demonstrated by President Fernando Henrique Cardoso to hold the historic meeting of the Presidents of South America in Brasilia on August 31 and September 1. The Brasilia Communique adopted in the meeting outlines the political views of the leaders of the South American countries on such issues as strengthening of democracy, expansion of economic integration, infrastructure building for integration, eradication of the threats caused by illicit drug trafficking, and development and active use of information and science and technology. Japan considers this Communique as having great significance for the future development of the region.

  2. Japan has great deal of interest in the Action Plan for Regional Infrastructure Integration in South America which was released along with the Brasilia Communique, aimed at promoting integration and development in the South American countries through modernization and expansion of infrastructure in the fields of energy, transportation and telecommunications. Japan will strive on all possible occasions for the strengthening of relations with this region.

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