Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, on military action against Libya under the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973

March 20, 2011

  1. The Government of Japan has repeatedly called for the Libyan authorities to immediately cease the violence against the people of Libya in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973. The Government of Japan strongly condemns the violence by the Libyan authorities against its people, which is continuing despite these calls of international community as the emergency summit meeting held in Paris confirmed. The Government of Japan strongly urges the Libyan authorities, including Leader of Revolution Muammar Al Qadthafi, to listen to the calls from people of Libya and the international community and to immediately make the right decision.

  2. From the standpoint of urging the Libyan Authorities to stop the violence immediately, the Government of Japan affirms that Member States of the United Nations take measures according to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in Libya.

  3. At the same time, the Government of Japan believes that all diplomatic efforts should be exerted for immediate ceasefire in Libya and hopes that the efforts by Mr. Abdel-Elah Al-Khatib, Special Envoy of Secretary General of the United Nations and the African Union will bear fruits. In addition, the Government of Japan attaches importance to the role of the Arab League for peace and stability in the region.
    • (*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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