photo (Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura)

Statement by Mr. MACHIMURA Nobutaka, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the IAEA and its Director General ElBaradei

October 11, 2005
Japanese

  1. I heartily congratulate the decision to award the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, its Director General.
  2. The IAEA has made a great contribution to international peace and prosperity by promoting the peaceful use of nuclear energy and by maintaining and strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime through safeguards implementation to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes. In recent years, in particular, when the nuclear non-proliferation regime is faced with various challenges, the role of the IAEA has become increasingly important. Dr. ElBaradei has exerted strong leadership as the Director General for the past eight years and has greatly contributed to strengthening the organization.
  3. I regard the Award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the IAEA and Dr. ElBaradei as a tribute to the contribution made by the IAEA to international peace and stability through maintaining and strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime under the strong leadership of Dr. ElBaradei and as an expression of the international community's expectation of IAEA's further activities.
  4. Japan intends to continue its support so that the IAEA will be able to achieve such an important mission.
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