Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the current situation of the Middle East Peace Process

September 29, 2010

  1. The Government of Japan is disappointed that the Israeli moratorium on settlement activities has not been renewed.  Japan urges Israel to return to a moratorium on settlement activities.  In addition, Japan reaffirms its basic position that Israel should freeze all settlement activities in the West Bank which includes East Jerusalem.

  2. Japan strongly encourages both Israel and the Palestinians to focus on the goal of a two-state solution, which is important not only for the Middle East but also for the international community as a whole, make efforts to develop mutual trust, and tenaciously continue their direct negotiations.