Statement by Foreign Minister Kawaguchi on the Government of India's decision to redeploy the armed forces from positions on the international border with Pakistan

October 17, 2002

  1. The Government of Japan welcomes that, on October 16, the Government of India has decided to redeploy the armed forces from positions on the international border with Pakistan as they have achieved the assigned objectives. The Government of Japan highly values the decision as this is an important initiative taken by India which is responsible for maintaining peace and stability in South Asia.

  2. The Government of Japan sincerely hopes that Pakistan will positively respond to India's initiative, thus providing both parties with an impetus to make further efforts to reduce tensions between India and Pakistan, and that this will lead to the early resumption of dialogue between them.
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