Démarche by Dr. Makio Miyagawa, Director-General, Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, to Mr. Nisim Ben-Shitrit, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to Japan
December 21, 2012
At 3:00 p.m. on December 21, Dr. Makio Miyagawa, Director-General, Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, invited Mr. Nisim Ben-Shitrit, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to Japan, and made a démarche concerning the recent approval by the Israeli Government on the construction of a series of new settlements in East Jerusalem. The outline of the meeting is as follows.
- Dr. Miyagawa expressed that the Government of Japan deeply deplores, according to the information it has received, the approval by the Israeli government of the plans for the construction in East Jerusalem on the 19th of December following the announcement on the 17th. He also conveyed that settlement activities are a violation of international law, and stated that Japan had repeatedly called upon Israel to fully freeze settlement activities, expressing concern over the Israeli Government’s continuation of its plan for settlement construction and acceleration of such acts in recent days, particularly since the approval of the large-scale construction of a total of 3,000 new housing units in East Jerusalem and in the West Bank on the 30th of November (local time) clearly goes against the ongoing efforts by the international community toward realizing a two-state solution. He requested that Ambassador Ben-Shitrit convey the message to the high-ranking officials of the Israeli Government that the Government of Japan strongly calls upon Israel to refrain from any act that changes the current status of East Jerusalem as well as not to implement the above-mentioned plans of construction for the sake of progress in the peace process.
- In response, Ambassador Ben-Shitrit stated the position of the Israeli Government, and said that he would report the démarche by Director-General Miyagawa to the capital.
- (* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)