Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Situation in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

June 29, 2009

  1. Japan welcomes the news of the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity on June 26 (local time) in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, where an illegal military regime had been in power since the coup d'etat in August 2008.
     
  2. Japan appreciates the formation of the Transitional Government under Mr. Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, and the inauguration of an acting president upon President Abdallahi's resignation, in accordance with the Dakar Agreement that was signed on June 4, as this is a positive step toward restoration of the country's constitutional order and democratic system. Japan also strongly expects that various concerned parties in Mauritania continue to make efforts towards fulfillment of the Dakar Agreement, and that the presidential election scheduled to be held on July 18 will be carried out in a fair and peaceful manner.
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