Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi on the Suicide Bombing in Israel

August 20, 2003

  1. I am deeply shocked by the suicide bombing that took place in central Jerusalem at about 9:00 p.m. on August 19 (local time), leaving many people dead or injured. I express my deep sorrow over the people who died from this terrorism and condolences to the bereaved families, and my heartfelt sympathy to those injured.

  2. Since terrorism cannot be justified for whatever reason, the Government of Japan reiterates its resolute condemnation of atrocious terrorist acts which sacrifice many innocent people.

  3. Such violence should not be allowed to prevent the progress of the roadmap to peace in the Middle East, at a time when Israel and Palestinians have been trying, since its acceptance by the both sides, to implement it by taking such measures as the withdrawal of Israeli Defense Forces from the Palestinian territories and the announcement by the Palestinian factions of their intention to suspend attacks against Israelis and also at a time when international community centering on the U.S. has strengthened its sincere efforts toward the issue.
        The Government of Japan calls on the Palestinian Authority to resolutely fight against the violence of extremists and make utmost efforts to control them. It also strongly wishes that both sides will continue their efforts in line with the roadmap to maintain a ceasefire and step forward for peace.

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