photo (Foreign Minister Taro Aso)

Statement by Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Appointment of Mr. Nobuaki Tanaka, Japanese Ambassador to Islamic Republic of Pakistan, as the New Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs of the United Nations (UN)

March 18, 2006
Japanese

  1. On March 18 (Sat) (March 17 (Fri) New York time), the United Nations Secretariat announced that Mr. Nobuaki Tanaka, Japanese Ambassador to Islamic Republic of Pakistan, will be appointed United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, effective April 6 2006. The Government of Japan welcomes this appointment.
  2. The Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs superintends the UN's Department of Disarmament Affairs, which is engaged in promoting disarmament activities. I recognize that this is an important post whose assignment includes supporting the UN General Assembly and the Conference on Disarmament (CD), tackling issues on weapons of mass destruction and conventional arms, promoting regional disarmament activities, and providing information on UN disarmament activities.
  3. I am sure that Ambassador Tanaka will contribute proactively to UN disarmament activities, drawing on his broad experience as a diplomat.
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