Statement by Ms. Makiko Tanaka, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the United Nations and its Secretary-General Kofi Annan
October 12, 2001
- I heartily welcome the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the United Nations and its Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
- Mr. Annan has devoted himself to the work of the United Nations for some 40 years. Since he became the Secretary-General in 1997, he has been actively working to strengthen the role of the U.N. in such fields as "development" and "the maintenance of international peace and security", making good use of his past experience. Reflecting such efforts, the United Nations is playing a central role in the maintenance of international peace and security and in other fields.
- I believe that it is the achievements of the United Nations for building an international peace system under the leadership of Secretary-General Annan that have led to this award.
- Mr. Annan will start a five-year second term as Secretary-General next year. I hope that the United Nations, as the sole universal international organ, will cope with the problems facing the international community even more effectively, and Japan wishes to extend further cooperation for that purpose.
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