Statement by Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Dialogue between the Parties Concerned on the Issue of Aceh, Indonesia

May 18, 2003

  1. Japan deems it deeply regrettable that a dialogue between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) for a peaceful solution to the issue of Aceh in Indonesia, which was held on May 17 (Sat) and 18 (Sun) in Tokyo through the good offices of the Henri Dunan Centre, failed to solve the present issues. Japan has been extending indirect support to promote the dialogue as a co-chair of the Preparatory Conference on Peace and Reconstruction in Aceh (Tokyo Conference) held in December last year together with the United States, the European Union and the World Bank.

  2. As in the Co-Chairmen's Summary issued at the end of the Conference, Japan, though recognizing the present situation is serious, reiterates that it strongly hopes that the Aceh issue will be solved peacefully within the territorial integrity of Indonesia and that Japan will continue to extend every ancillary support to that end.

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