Joint Démarche by relevant countries, including Japan, to H.E. Mr. Mourad Medelci, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria

January 18, 2013

On January 18 from 11:20 A.M. (local time; 07:20 P.M. Japan Time) for about one hour, representatives of Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Norway, Austria, Romania, and the European Union made a joint Démarche to H.E. Mr. Mourad Medelci, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria. The overview of the call is as follows (Mr. Minoru Kiuchi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, participated on behalf of Japan).

  1. Vice Minister Kiuchi explained the position of Japan. The overview of his statements is as follows.
    (1) I wish to state the position of Japan, having received instructions from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida. The Japanese Government is extremely concerned about the taking of foreign hostages, including Japanese nationals, in Algeria. This kind of act is absolutely unforgivable. In addition, the Japanese Government has been making strong requests to the Algerian Government that its response place the utmost priority on the lives of the hostages. As such, Japan is strongly concerned about acts that put the lives of the hostages at risk, and it is regrettable that the Algerian Government pressed military rescue operations.
    (2) Information related to situation at the site of the incident is complicated, and the Japanese Government requests the swift sharing of information on the well-being of the foreign citizens that continue to be held captive. We request the close and constant provision of information moving forward as well.
  2. The ambassadors of each country also requested the swift provision of information and close coordination with the Algerian Government.
  3. In response, Minister Medelci stated that he intended to continue to work to provide information based on the requests of each country.
    • (* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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