Joint Press Statement of the Japan-Republic of Peru summit

1 February 1997, Toronto

Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto of Japan and President Alberto Fujimori of the Republic of Peru met on 1 February 1997 in Toronto, Canada, in accordance with an agreement between the Governments of Japan and Peru.

The purpose of this meeting was to hold a frank and serious exchange of views in order to achieve a peaceful resolution to the terrorist incident of the seizure of the Japanese Ambassador's residence in Lima perpetrated by the terrorist group calling itself the MRTA.

  1. The two leaders strongly condemned the terrorist incident of the seizure of the Japanese Ambassador's residence in Peru as an act unacceptable to either government as well as to the entire international community, and reaffirmed their determination not to give in to terrorism.

  2. The two leaders reaffirmed their intent to intensify their efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution to this incident, and to secure the full release of all the hostages at the earliest possible time, based upon the position of placing the highest priority on respect for human life.

  3. The Toronto meeting reasserted the need for the closest collaboration and coordination between the Governments of Japan and the Republic of Peru in order to bring this incident to an end. In light of this, the two leaders agreed to promote the commencement of preliminary dialogs between the interlocutor of the Peruvian Government and the representative of the MRTA group currently inside the Japanese Ambassador's residence, in the hope that these dialogs would be realized as soon as possible.

  4. The two leaders agreed that these dialogs should be conducted in a manner consistent with full respect for the legal system of Peruvian State, as well as for all the relevant and applicable principles of international law.

  5. In accordance with the above-mentioned, Prime Minister Hashimoto supported President Fujimori in his rejection of the MRTA's demand for the release of the MRTA terrorists currently in incarceration, a position which was in agreement with the opinion of the entire international community.

  6. The Japanese Government endorsed the position of the Peruvian Government that the preservation of the hostages' physical mental health was an indispensable element for the development of dialog aimed at a peaceful resolution.

  7. The two leaders welcomed the fact that members of the Commission of Guarantors had met on 28 January, and highly commended the continuing efforts by the Commission of Guarantors to realize the earliest possible direct dialog between the interlocutor of the Peruvian Government and the MRTA group inside the Japanese Ambassador's residence. It was agreed that in the meetings of the Commission of Guarantors, Ambassador Terusuke Terada would be present as the official observer from the Government of Japan.

  8. Prime Minister Hashimoto reaffirmed his full confidence in the Peruvian Government's handling of this incident, and asserted that his Government would continue to give its full support to the effort to achieve the shared objective of the release of all of the hostages.

  9. The two leaders expressed their deepest appreciation for all the cooperation provided by the Government of Canada for the realization of this meeting.

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