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

March 6, 2003

  1. The Government of Japan was shocked to hear that the suicide bombing occurred in the center of Haifa in the afternoon of March 5, killing many civilians. The Japanese Government expresses its deepest condolences to the bereaved families and heartfelt sympathy to the injured by the suicide bombing. The Government of Japan reiterates its resolute condemnation against such an act of terrorism aimed at many innocent civilians.

  2. This savage terror attack goes against the efforts for reform by the Palestinian Authority, and endeavor for peace by Japan and other countries. The Government of Japan once again strongly urges the leadership of the Palestinian Authority to make utmost crackdown efforts against extremists, and expects that both Israelis and Palestinians would exercise their maximum restraint, so as not to fall into further vicious cycle of violence once again.

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