Statement by Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution on Iraq

October 16, 2003

  1. At a formal meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held in the morning of October 16 (Japan time: evening of October 16), the Council adopted, by an unanimous vote, UNSC resolution 1511 which includes clarification of the political process in Iraq and the UN role and the establishment of a multinational force, and so on.
    Japan welcomes the adoption of the resolution as it indicates a clear vision of Iraq's future and affirms the concerted effort of the international community to reconstruct Iraq and secure its stability, and appreciates the efforts so far of the United States and UNSC member countries.
    Japan hopes that with further cooperation of the UN, the Governing Council of Iraq, the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and each Member State, reconstruction and stability in Iraq will be further advanced and a government enjoying the wide support from the international community and the people of Iraq will be established soon.

  2. Wide-ranging cooperation of the international community is indispensable for reconstruction and stabilization in Iraq. The Government of Japan, which announced on October 15 that it would provide the immediate grant aid totaling 1.5 billion dollars for the reconstruction of Iraq, intends to continue the efforts proactively and on its own initiative for the reconstruction of Iraq. Japan also intends to extend cooperation appropriate to its scale, in accordance with the Iraq Reconstruction Assistance Special Measures Law.

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