Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Israeli Military Operation and on the Violence in the Palestinian Territories

March 16, 2006

  1. Japan expresses its regret at the military operation conducted on March 14 by the Israeli Defense Force against the prison in Jerico as an act to heighten the tension in the region.
  2. At the same time, Japan expresses its regret at the kidnappings of foreign nationals in the Palestinian Territories, including aid staff, and the destruction of foreign facilities, which would seriously hamper the international aid activities for the Palestinians.
  3. Japan is deeply concerned that the Israeli military operation and the ensuing violence in the Palestinian Territories may negatively affect the future efforts towards peace. Japan calls on both the Israeli and the Palestinian sides to exercise their utmost self-restraint to prevent further deterioration of the situation, to end the violence and to restore the quiet.
  4. Japan will continue to make its best efforts towards peaceful co-existence and co-prosperity of both nations.
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