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

July 31, 2006

  1. The Government of Japan strongly deplores the incident on July 30th in which many Lebanese civilians including children were killed by an Israel Air Force strike despite the repeated calls for Israel's self-restraint by the international society.
  2. The Government of Japan calls for an immediate cease-fire to avoid further civilian victims and deterioration of the situation, and urges the parties concerned to make their utmost efforts and self-restraint towards the solution of the problem.

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