Statement by Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on a Suicide Bombing in Israel

May 19, 2003

  1. I am greatly shocked by the suicide bombing that occurred in Jerusalem in the morning of May 18 (local time), causing many deaths and casualties. I extend my sincere sympathy for those who died in the incident, condolences to the bereaved families, and heartfelt sympathy to the injured. Japan firmly condemns terrorist attacks that victimize many innocent people.

  2. It is deplorable that such a cruel terrorist attack should take place, as it hampers the reform efforts of Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, the new prime minister of the Palestinian Authority (PA), and also the promotion of the Roadmap. Japan again urges the leadership of the PA to exert its utmost efforts to control extremists and to the parties concerned on both sides, Israelis and Palestinians, to make peace efforts through the Roadmap to cut off this vicious circle of violence.

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