Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Bombing Incident in Hilla, Iraq

March 1, 2005

  1. The Government of Japan is outraged by the incident that occurred on February 28 (Mon) in Hilla in mid-Iraq, in which a suicide bomber in a car packed with explosives blew it up, resulting in many casualties and deaths. Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason, and the Government of Japan firmly condemns terrorist atrocities that sacrifice many innocent people, including the similar incidents in Iraq in the past.

  2. The Government of Japan extends its heartfelt sympathy for those who were killed and condolences to those bereaved by the incidents, including the most recent one, and prays for the early recovery of the injured.

  3. Elections for the National Assembly held on January 30 was a meaningful and important step toward democratization in Iraq, and the Government of Japan hopes that the political process will continue to make further progress by the end of this year and that the breeding ground of terrorist group activities will be relinquished as Iraq is transformed into a democratic and stable country.
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