Japan-Costa Rica Foreign Ministers' Meeting
December 8, 2011
On Thursday, December 8, Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister of Foreign Affairs, held talks with H.E. Mr. José Enrique Castillo, Minister of Foreign Relations and Worship of the Republic of Costa Rica, who is on a visit to Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- Minister Gemba started the meeting by welcoming Minister Castillo’s visit to Japan. Emphasizing the significance of the visit of Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino to Costa Rica this January. Minister Gemba expressed Japan’s intention to further strengthen the traditionally friendly relationship between Japan and Costa Rica, which had celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations last year. In response, Minister Castillo expressed his gratitude to the Government of Japan for the invitation of the visit and commented that Japan was a special partner among the countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Minister Gemba said Japan would invite Costa Rica to the Asia-Latin America High Level Meeting on Environment Business which is scheduled to be held next year. Minister Castillo expressed his gratitude to Minister Gemba for the invitation and promised Costa Rica’s participation.
- Both Ministers agreed to take initiatives in a flexible and realistic manner and continue debate on the reform of the United Nations Security Council.
- In relation to climate change issues, Minister Gemba said that Japan’s final goal was the adoption of a new and comprehensive legal document to construct a fair and effective international framework in which all major countries participate, based on the Cancun Agreements. Minister Gemba appreciated Costa Rica’s effort to achieve zero emissions by 2021 and praised Costa Rica as a renewable energy top runner. Minister Gemba also requested Costa Rica’s support for the “Vision and Actions toward Low-Carbon Growth and a Climate-Resilient World” announced by Japan in November. In response, Minister Castillo expressed his respect for the leadership of Japan on the initiatives to tackle climate change such as Japan’s innovation in this area, and expressed his expectations for the effective use of the Green Climate Fund, agreed in the Cancun Agreements. In addition, both ministers welcomed the signing of a memorandum related to the development of geothermal energy by JICA and the Costa Rican company Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE).
- Minister Castillo said that Costa Rica would actively involve itself in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), inaugurated as a forum for opinion exchanges among countries in the Latin American region, regarding human rights and democracy in Latin America. He also expressed his expectation for Japan’s further involvement in the issues on Central America. In response, Minister Gemba said that Japan would continue its dialogue with the Sistema de la Integracion Centroamericana (SICA) and keep close eyes on the development of CELAC.
- Both ministers shared the view that North Korea needs to improve its human rights situation. In addition, Minister Gemba expressed Japan’s gratitude to Costa Rica for co-proposing Resolution on Nuclear Disarmament drafted by Japan and adopted at the U.N. General Assembly.
- (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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