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

April 12, 2001

  1. Being alarmed by the recent intensified violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Japan expresses its deep concerns over yesterday's Israel Defense Forces incursion to the Palestinian controlled area. In this context, Japan is also strongly concerned with the recent mortar attacks from the Palestinian territory.

  2. As Japan has stated in many occasions, it strongly hopes that all the parties concerned will return to and stand firmly on the spirit of Peace Process. Japan once again urges all the parties concerned to exert maximum self-restraint and to make utmost efforts to restore their mutual confidence.
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