Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Situation in Yemen

September 20, 2011

  1. On Sunday, September 18 and Monday, September 19, Yemen security forces and others opened fire on demonstrators in Sana'a, the capital of the Republic of Yemen, resulting in many deaths and injuries.

  2. Japan expresses its great regret at the deaths totaling more than 300 people and a large number of injuries resulting from the crash and from a series of incidents in Yemen. Japan strongly urges the Government of Yemen to respond to peaceful demonstrators in a restrained manner and to refrain from the use of violence against them.

  3. In order for Yemen to avoid further conflict and to restore its stability, Japan strongly expects that the initiative offered by the Gulf Cooperation Council be signed at the earliest possible date, leading to the implementation of peaceful transition of power.
    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)