Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Situation in Central Africa

June 1, 2001

  1. Japan is concerned about the situation in the Central African Republic where a failed coup attempt by part of its armed forces has caused large turmoils.

  2. The Central African Republic overcame the unrest following uprisings by some of the armed forces during 1996-1997, and it has been making efforts for domestic economic and social development, with cooperation from the international community, mainly African countries. As a country having great interest in conflict issues of Africa and in the development in Africa as a whole, Japan finds it regrettable that such an incident has occurred despite such a fact. Japan strongly hopes that democratic order will be restored as soon as possible in the Central African Republic.

  3. There are 48 Japanese staying in the country, including those engaged in Official Development Assistance (ODA). Japan strongly requests those concerned to ensure the safety of all Japanese staying there.

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