Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 concerning the situation in Libya

March 18, 2011

  1. The Government of Japan expresses grave concern over the situation in Libya, in which a large number of people continue to be killed or injured, and strongly condemns the sustained use of flagrant violence by the Libyan authorities against the Libyan people, despite the adoption of the Security Council Resolution 1970. The Government of Japan urges the Libyan authorities, including Leader Muammar Al Qadthafi, to immediately halt the violence against people of Libya.

  2. Against the backdrop of such situation, on Thursday, March 17th (New York time, Japan time: Friday, March 18th), the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1973 which includes establishment of No Fly Zone in Libya and strengthening of sanctions.

  3. This resolution represents a clear and strong global message to the Libyan authorities. The Government of Japan strongly calls for the Libyan authorities to observe the Resolution immediately.
    • (*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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