Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi on the Palestinian Suicide Bombings in Israel and Israeli Attack against Syrian Territory

October 6, 2003

  1. The Government of Japan is gravely shocked by the suicide bombing that occurred in a restaurant in Haifa in the afternoon of October 4th (local time), causing many deaths and casualties. Japan extends its sincere sympathy for those who died in the incident, condolences to the bereaved families, and heartfelt sympathy to the injured. Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason. Japan renews its firm condemnation against terrorist attacks that victimize many innocent lives of the people. Japan strongly expects that, under the emergency cabinet to be approved under new prime minister Ahmed Qurie, the Palestinian Authority will resolutely fight against violence by the extremists and take measures steadily for that purpose.

  2. Israeli attack against Syrian territory on October 5th, which occurred when it is necessary for the parties concerned to calm down the situation, does not serve for the improvement of the situation and has a negative impact on the stability of the region. Japan considers it gravely deplorable.

  3. The Government of Japan is concerned that the efforts for peace along with the "Roadmap," which is now at a critical stage, become all the more difficult as a result of the recent suicide bombing and Israeli attack against Syrian territory. Japan strongly expects that, in order to resume the implementation of the "Roadmap," which is the only path toward peace, Israeli and Palestinian sides exercise maximum self-restraints and refrain from taking measures which worsen the situation, and make the utmost efforts for ending violence.

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