photo (Foreign Minister Taro Aso)

Statement by Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council

January 26, 2006

  1. Japan welcomes that the elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council were conducted as scheduled on January 25 and appresicates the elections as an improtant step towards building a democratic Palestinian state.
  2. Japan strongly expects that the Palestinian Authority, following the successful implementation of the elections, will make efforts for peace in accordance with the Roadmap, such as to control the extremists.
  3. Japan has dispatched an election monitoring mission led by Mr. Shintaro Ito, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, and has also provided about 720 thousand US dollars of assistance for the elections. Japan intends to continue to play an active role towards achieving the Middle East peace.

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