Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Terrorist Bombings in Damascus

December 26, 2011

  1. Japan has been greatly shocked and felt indignant by two terrorist bombings in Damascus, the capital city of Syria, which caused at least 44 deaths and 166 casualties on Friday, December 23. Japan strongly reiterates that no act of terrorism can be justified and firmly condemns such acts of terrorism that target innocent people indiscriminately, in all forms and manifestations, and committed for whatever purposes. Japan mourns the victims and expresses its condolences to the bereaved families.

  2. Although the background of such terrorism is still unclear, Japan will keep a close watch on the current security situation of Syria with profound concern. In order to prevent any more innocent victims, Japan demands that the government of Syria immediately stop violent acts, swiftly engage in reforms and dialogue, and execute the Action Plan of the League of Arab States completely and rapidly.
    • (*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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