Statement by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi

July 23, 2001

  1. Based on the policy to achieve as many agreements as possible at the resumed COP6, Japan, conscious of its Presidency at the Kyoto Conference (COP3), has done its utmost to formulate them. Japan welcomes the basic agreement on "core elements", which has been consequently reached under the Presidency of Mr. Pronk.

  2. Detailed rules on Protocol implementation and related specific figures are left for subsequent negotiations to be worked out. Japan intends to continue to do its best to achieve a final agreement by COP7 with a view to the entry into force of the Protocol by 2002. Japan will also make its utmost endeavours to tackle the question of our domestic system to meet the target in the Kyoto Protocol.

  3. It is important that all countries act under one single rule. In order to achieve an agreement inclusive of the United States, Japan would like to continue its maximum efforts, while calling on the United States to take constructive approaches through such fora as Japan-U.S. High-Level Consultations.

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