Message from Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to Mr. Igor Sergeevich Ivanov, Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, on the Terrorist Incident in the Republic of Chechnya

May 12, 2003

    Regarding the terrorist bombing that occurred in the Republic of Chechnya on May 12, Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi on the same day sent a message to the following effect to Russian Foreign Minister Ivanov through the Japanese Embassy in Russia.

    Concerning the terrorist bombing in the Republic of Chechnya, I express my deepest condolences to the victims and their families.
    I feel truly distressed that a terrorist attack of this kind has been committed again, after the act of terrorism in October, in which a theater in Moscow was occupied. Such atrocities can never be tolerated or justified on any grounds.
    The fight against terrorism is a task which the international community has to tackle solidly, and so I would like to continue maintaining close contact with you on this issue.

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