Visit to Japan of President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and the Holding of "Tokyo Conference II: Consolidation of Peace in Afghanistan"

June 16, 2006

  1. President Karzai of Afghanistan will visit Japan from July 4 (Tue) to 7 (Fri) at the invitation of the Government of Japan. Taking this opportunity, Japan will hold "Tokyo Conference II: Consolidation of Peace in Afghanistan" on July 5 (Wed).
  2. This Conference will be the follow-up of the First Conference held in Tokyo in February 2003. It will be held since the DDR (disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of the former military combatants) process, which has started promoting from October 2003, will be completed at the end of this month. Japan has taken a leading role in DDR process. At the Conference, Japan will review achievements of the DDR, confirm the will of the Government of Afghanistan for implementing the DIAG (disbandment of the illegal armed groups) process and the support of the international community for that, and demonstrate Japan's leadership for the reconstruction of Afghanistan in and out of Japan.
  3. The Conference will be co-chaired by Japan, Afghanistan and the United Nations. Attending the Conference will be: Foreign Minister Taro Aso from Japan; President Karzai and other Ministers from Afghanistan; and high working-level officials from the G8 and other countries, EU and international organizations including the UN, all of which are cooperating in the nation-building of Afghanistan.
  4. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Japan has been leading in the field of reconstruction in the international community, such as by holding the International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan in January 2002, with the determination not to make Afghanistan a breeding ground of terrorism and drugs. Japan has also provided about one billion dollars in assistance so far. At the International Conference held in London this January, Japan pledged additional assistance of approximately 450 million dollars, and it intends to extend aid proactively for the reconstruction efforts of Afghanistan.

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