Letter from Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori to President George W. Bush concerning Negotiations on the Framework Convention on Climate Change

March 30, 2001

On March 30 JST, Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori sent a letter to U.S. President George W. Bush with regard to the statements made by the spokesmen for the White House and the U.S. State Department on 28th in Washington, D.C. that President Bush does not support the Kyoto Protocol. The letter was forwarded on the morning of 30th. The following are the major points of the letter.

  • The White House spokesman explained that President Bush does not support the Kyoto Protocol. Prime Minister Mori is deeply concerned about the effect that such a development would have on the climate change negotiations.

  • The Prime Minister hopes that the Bush Administration will be engaged in the resumed sixth session of the Conference of Parties (COP6) to be held in Bonn in July and will be working along with Japan to actively seek agreement.

  • The Prime Minister hopes that the United States will take strong leadership in addressing this grave challenge confronting the international community.

  • The Prime Minister wishes that Japan and the United States will continue to cooperate effectively in dealing with the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol and other global environment issues.

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