Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Terrorist Suicide Attacks by Palestinian Extremists in Israel

December 3, 2001

  1. The government of Japan strongly deplores the suicide bombings in Hadera, Israel on November 29, in the middle of Jerusalem on December 1 and in Haifa on December 2, etc, which caused many civilian casualties. Japan expresses its deepest condolences to the bereaved families and extends heartfelt sympathy to the injured.

  2. Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason. We have repeatedly made clear our firm condemnation of such acts of terrorism aimed at innocent civilians. We are greatly disappointed by the continuation of acts of terrorism which have frustrated developments toward peace, despite our reiterated appeals.

  3. At a time when the United States is reinvigorating its efforts for advancing the Middle East peace process, we find these acts especially deplorable, since they hinder such efforts.

  4. The government of Japan strongly urges the Palestinian Authority to strengthen its control over the extremists including arresting those responsible for these attacks and to make efforts as well as actions to end the violence more than ever. It is evident that all the efforts by the international community would be of no avail without assistance by the parties concerned including the Palestinians. Japan calls the parties concerned to co-operate in the efforts being made by the international community, hoping that these efforts would lead to improvement of the situation and resurrection of hope for the peace.
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