Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Suicide Bomb Attack in Kirkuk, the Republic of Iraq

June 22, 2009
Japanese

  1. Japan is greatly shocked and indignant at the suicide bomb attack on June 20 (Sat) in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, which caused many casualties. Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason, and Japan reiterates its firm condemnation of these atrocious acts of terrorism that victimize many innocent people.
     
  2. Japan expresses its deepest condolences for those who have been killed by this and other terrorist attacks, and to the families of the victims. It also expresses its heartfelt sympathy toward the injured and prays for their earliest recovery.
     
  3. Japan expects Iraqi people mutually respect ethnic and religious groups and continue making efforts toward nation-building while promoting national reconciliation. Japan will keep its proactive support towards such efforts of the Iraqi people.
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