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
- 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.
- 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.