Telephone Talks between Prime Minister Naoto Kan and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

March 16, 2011

On Wednesday, March 16, Prime Minister Naoto Kan held telephone talks with Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, on the latter’s initiative. An overview of the talks is as follows.

  1. At the start of the talks, Secretary-General Ban made the following statements:

    (1) The United Nations extends again its heartfelt condolences and sympathy for the latest earthquake and tsunami disaster.

    (2) The world is impressed with the people of Japan striving to overcome the hardship under the leadership of Prime Minister Kan.

    (3) In addition to the earthquake and tsunami, for the incident regarding Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant as well, the United Nations will spare no effort in its assistance to Japan. The United Nations stands by the people of Japan.

  2. In response, Prime Minister Kan made the following statements:

    (1) Japan appreciates the Secretary-General’s warm words of sympathy. The Government and the people of Japan will be one in overcoming this hardship.

    (2) Japan appreciates the proposal to dispatch the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team, as well as the proposal to extend assistance from the UNHCR, WHO, UNICEF, and other UN organizations.

    (3) Concerning the nuclear incident, Japan will provide the international community with necessary information.
    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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