Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Transfer of Security Control of Jericho in the West Bank to the Palestinian Authority and the Cairo Talks between Palestinian Factions

March 18, 2005

  1. Japan welcomes Israel's transfer of its security control of Jericho in the West Bank to the Palestinian Authority on March 16 (Wed). Japan expects that the Palestinian side will carry out its full responsibilities for security in the Jericho area and that Israel will also transfer its security control of other cities in the West Bank in accordance with the Road Map.

  2. Japan values it as a positive move toward peace that President Abbas of the Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority and 12 Palestinian factions agreed on March 17 on the Cairo Declaration including the continuation of the halt to violence. Japan strongly expects that the Palestinian factions will cooperate with the peace efforts of the Palestinian Authority. Japan also pays tribute to Egypt for its constructive peace effort in formulating the Cairo Declaration.

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