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

January 6, 2003

  1. The Government of Japan was shocked to hear that the two successive suicide bombings occurred in the center of Tel Aviv in the early hours of January 6, killing many civilians. The Japanese Government expresses its deepest condolences to the bereaved families and heartfelt sympathy to the injured by the suicide bombings.

  2. Terrorism cannot be justified for whatever reason. The Government of Japan reiterates its resolute condemnation against such acts of terrorism aimed at innocent civilians.

  3. It is deplorable that these savage terror attacks occurred once again, in spite of the effort by the international community for ending the violence. Japan once again strongly urges Chairman Arafat and the Palestinian Authority to make utmost crackdown efforts against extremists, and expects that both Israelis and Palestinians would maintain their dialogue for peace and exercise maximum restraint.

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