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

May 22, 2003

  1. At an official meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held in the morning of May 22 (Japan time: evening of May 22), the Council adopted by an overwhelming majority the resolution 1483 on Iraq, setting forth stipulations regarding humanitarian assistance, the rehabilitation and reconstruction, security, lifting of economic sanctions, the form of government, and so on. The Government of Japan welcomes the adoption of this resolution, as it means that the international community will work in solidarity for the reconstruction of Iraq while ensuring the involvement of the United Nations. Japan appreciates the efforts exerted by members of the Security Council, including the United States and the United Kingdom.

  2. By adopting the resolution, the economic sanctions on Iraq will be lifted. Japan looks forward to the earliest establishment of a government run by Iraqis which enjoys the wide support from the international community and the Iraqi people, as well as the early formation of a system that will enable Iraq's natural resources to be used for reconstruction efforts by the Iraqi people.

  3. Broad-based solidarity of the international community is indispensable for rehabilitation and reconstruction assistance to Iraq. Japan's assistance can enhance its effectiveness when delivered under such solidarity. Japan announced on May 21 an additional package for humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to Iraq, consisting of approximately 50 million dollars in total, which helps to create 35 thousand jobs, reactivate primary education for one million children, and serve other purposes. Japan intends to engage proactively in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Iraq, including support for the efforts to establish a government run by Iraqis themselves, paying regard to coordination with Arab countries.

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