Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, on the Acceptance of the "roadmap" by the both parties

May 26, 2003
Japanese

  1. I welcome that on 25th of May, the Israeli Cabinet approved the "road map" which lays out a path towards peaceful coexistence of two states of Israel and Palestine and that, as a result, both Israeli and the Palestinian sides accepted the "road map."

  2. Also, I highly praise that President Bush once again expressed his commitment to working toward Peace in the Middle East, as well as the implementation of the "road map."

  3. As I urged both the Israeli and Palestinian sides during my visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, I hope both parties will steadily implement the "road map," in order for them to take the important step toward achieving Peace in the Middle East. Japan will actively cooperate in the implementation of the "road map."
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