Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the recent situation in the Gaza Strip

April 11, 2011

  1. The Government of Japan condemns that, in spite of the calls from the international community to halt acts of violence, mortar attacks were launched from the Gaza Strip against southern Israel which resulted in bombing a school bus and injuring Israeli people including a boy. Japan is also deeply concerned about the situation for the past several days where the Israel Defense Force airstrikes have caused death and injuries among civilians in the Gaza Strip.

  2. Japan calls upon both Israel and Palestinian militants to declare a lasting cease-fire.

  3. Japan is convinced that the problems people in the Middle East face can never be solved through violence but only through negotiations and efforts to build mutual trust among parties to the conflict. Japan strongly hopes that all the parties concerned will make the utmost efforts to that end.
    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)