Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Situation on the Israel-Lebanon Border

July 13, 2006

  1. The Government of Japan calls on Hezbollah to immediately release the 2 Israeli soldiers who were abducted on 12 July.
  2. The Israeli military operations on 13 July that have caused many civilian casualties and the destruction of airport facilities in Lebanon increases tension in the region and never contributes to the solution of the problem.
  3. The Government of Japan calls on the Government of Lebanon to make every effort to secure the release of the Israeli soldiers and to bring an end to the violence by the militias. The Government of Japan also strongly calls on the Government of Israel to exercise its self-restraint.
  4. The Government of Japan is deeply concerned that these events may negatively affect the future efforts towards peace in the region. The Government of Japan renews its call on all parties concerned to exercise their utmost self-restraint to prevent further deterioration of the situation.
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