Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan on the Worsening Situation in Syria

June 8, 2012

  1. Violence in Syria has continued since the massacre in Houla, with tens of civilians, including women and children, being mercilessly killed in the outskirts of Hama in the northwestern part of Syria on June 6. Japan resolutely condemns such brutal acts of violence. Japan also offers its deepest condolences to the victims and their families.

  2. Following fourteen months of repeated tragedies due to the violence in Syria, the situation in the country is approaching an important phase, and there is now a need for the international community to make a cohesive response. In order to stop the bloodshed in Syria as soon as possible, there is clearly a need for the Syrian Government to implement the proposal by Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Kofi Annan, to immediately stop the deployment of troops in and around residential areas, halt the use of heavy weapons, and start the withdrawal of military forces. Japan once again strongly demands that the Syrian Government fulfill its responsibility to protect civilians. In addition, it is time for the international community including the United Nations Security Council to unitedly undertake a firmer response in order to ensure such action by the Syrian Government. Japan is taking the needed measures for continued cooperation with the international community in order to support the efforts of international society centered on Joint Special Envoy Annan.
    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original version in Japanese.)

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