Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Election of Mr. Yukiya Amano, Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna, as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

October 3, 2005

  1. At the Board of Governors Meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held in Vienna on October 3 (Mon), Mr. Yukiya Amano, Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna, has been elected as the chairman of the IAEA Board of Governors. The Government of Japan regards this election as an international recognition of the Government of Japan, which has made positive contributions to promotion and enhancement of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime, and to the development of the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
  2. The IAEA is an international organization which plays a leading role in both the maintenance and enhancement of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime and the peaceful use of atomic energy. Under the circumstances in which the regime is facing such serious challenges as the nuclear issues of North Korea and Iran, in particular, the role of the IAEA is becoming increasingly important. The IAEA Board of Governors performs a significant function as an effective decision-making institution in the activities of the organization.
  3. Through having the Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna serve as the chairman of the IAEA Board of Governors, a cornerstone in IAEA's smooth and effective operation which has a great influence over the IAEA as a whole, the Government of Japan intends to continue extending a further proactive contribution to the strengthening of the role of the IAEA in the maintenance and enhancement of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime and the promotion of the peaceful use of atomic energy, and also to make further efforts to boost Japan's influence and presence in the IAEA.
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