Meeting between Minister for Foreign Affairs Seiji Maehara and President of the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Joseph Deiss
October 27, 2010
On October 27 (Wed), at 5:25 p.m., Mr. Seiji Maehara, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan held a meeting in an interview room for about 20 minutes, with Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, who is visiting Japan on an invitation of MOFA. The outline of the meeting is as follows.
- At the start of the meeting, Minister Maehara welcomed President Deiss to Japan, expressing his best wishes for a successful visit despite an extremely tight schedule. Minister Maehara also expressed gratitude to the President for the address given at the opening session of the High Level Segment of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD-COP10) in Nagoya, as well as a scheduled visit to Hiroshima the following day. In response, President Deiss said that the visit to Hiroshima is an important part of his itinerary in Japan, and that the purpose of visiting the city is to meet atomic bomb victims to express his deepest sympathy and at the same time issue a message to call for the acceleration to the work toward realization of a “world without nuclear weapons.”
- Minister Maehara touched on Japan’s efforts to make with regard to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, in response to which President Deiss expressed appreciation for Japan’s leadership in this area.
- With regard to the reform of the United Nations Security Council, Minister Maehara said that the current framework of the Security Council does not reflect the reality of current international relations. In response, President Deiss expressed his intention to work in concert in order to move the process forward, despite the differences in stance among member countries.
- With regard to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), President Deiss expressed gratitude for Japan’s commitment in this area.