Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip between Israel and the Palestinian Authority

November 27, 2006

  1. The Government of Japan welcomes that the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip announced between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has come into effect, and strongly expects that this cease-fire will be a positive step to promote the Middle East Peace Process. Japan also highly appreciates the leadership of President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority and Prime Minister Olmert of Israel in achieving this cease-fire.
  2. Japan calls on both the Israeli and the Palestinian sides to exercise their utmost self-restraint so as to keep this cease-fire effective. Japan also hopes that a direct summit meeting between President Abbas and Prime Minister Olmert will be held as soon as possible toward early resumption of the peace negotiations.
  3. Japan will continue to engage positively in the efforts to bring about co-existence and co-prosperity between Israel and Palestine based on the two-state solution.

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