Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the attack on UN Envoy in Iraq

October 20, 2010

  1. Japan deeply regrets that the attack in Najaf, Iraq, which is assumed to have targeted at Mr. Ad Melkert, UN Special Representative for Iraq, has occurred.  Japan reiterates its firm condemnation of atrocious act in Iraq.

  2. Japan appreciates the activity of UN United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), which strives for the progress of political process, and the reconstruction and development in Iraq.  Japan expects that Iraqi people maintain mutual respect for different ethnic and religious groups and continue making efforts toward nation-building, including the formation of the new government based on the result of the election held last March, while promoting national reconciliation. Japan will keep its proactive support towards such efforts by the Iraqi people.