Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Adoption of the UN Security Council resolution 1706 on Darfur, Sudan

August 31, 2006

Japan appreciates the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 1706 on Thursday, 31 August. The resolution, with the purpose of improving the situation in Darfur, Sudan, decides that the United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) currently operating in the Southern part of Sudan shall deploy to Darfur and that the UN shall strengthen its assistance to the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) currently deployed in Darfur.

Japan hopes that this resolution will lead to the expeditious implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) as well as the improvement of humanitarian situation in Darfur. Japan also hopes that the Government of National Unity will offer its understanding and cooperation in order for this resolution to be smoothly implemented, through dialogue between the international community and the Government of National Unity.

Japan has been engaged in efforts to encourage the settlement of the issues regarding Darfur, and has implemented various humanitarian and other relevant assistance. Japan intends to continue its efforts for achieving peace and stability in Sudan.

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