Statement by the Press Secretary / Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the terrorist suicide attack in Israel

March 28, 2002

  1. The government of Japan is shocked by the terrorist suicide attack at a hotel in Netanya, Israel in the night of March 27, which caused many fatalities and injuries among innocent civilians. Japan expresses its deepest condolences to the bereaved families and heartfelt sympathy to the injured.

  2. Japan resolutely condemns such an act of terrorism aimed at many innocent civilians. It must not be allowed that extremists justify their acts of terrorism at the sacrifice of lives of innocent people and trample on efforts for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, including those by General Zinni for achieving a ceasefire between both parties.

  3. Japan once again urges Chairman Arafat and the Palestinian Authority to exert maximum efforts to crack down on the extremists. Japan also calls upon the Palestinians with sense that these acts of terrorism do not contribute at all to the benefits and the better future of the Palestinians. Furthermore, Japan appeals to both parties to respond positively to the efforts by General Zinni, who will remain in the region.

  4. Japan hopes that the Arab Summit presently being held in Beirut sends out a constructive message for peace in the region, as expressed in the letters from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to Arab leaders.
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