Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Increased Tension between the Israelis and the Palestinians

March 29, 2001

  1. Japan is deeply concerned with the increased tension between the Israelis and the Palestinians in the last few days.

  2. Japan strongly urges all the parties concerned to exert utmost self-restraint in order to break the vicious circle of violence. Japan also hopes that talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians will be immediately held in order to restore the security in the region as well as to resume the peace negotiations.
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