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

July 26, 2006

  1. The Government of Japan expresses its deep regret at the incident on July 25th where UN peacekeepers were killed by an Israel Air Force strike while the international society was calling for Israel's self-restraint.
  2. The Government of Japan is deeply concerned about the deterioration of the situation. It reiterates its call for immediate release of the abducted Israeli soldiers and an end to rocket attacks against Israel, and strongly calls on Israel again to exercise its utmost restraint.
  3. The Government of Japan is deeply concerned that the current situation 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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