Participation of Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, in the Ministerial Meeting of the United Nations Security Council to Address the Issue of the Acts of Piracy and Armed Robbery off the Coast of Somalia
December 15, 2008
- Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs,
will attend as a representative of Japan the ministerial meeting of the
United Nations Security Council to address the issue of the acts of piracy
off the coast of Somalia to be held on the afternoon of Tuesday, December
16, 2008. The meeting will be chaired by H.E. Mr. Ivo Sanader, Prime Minister
of Croatia, and attended by H.E. Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State
of the Untied States, and other participants.
- Japan has been gravely concerned about the increase of the acts of piracy
and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden. Japan
regards this issue as an urgent matter from the point of view of ensuring
the safety of maritime navigation as well as of protecting the lives and
assets of its nationals and recognizes that it required urgent measures
as a challenge to the whole international community.
- In anticipation of Japan's joining in the Security Council as a non-permanent member from the year 2009, Japan will seize this opportunity and further actively participate in the discussions in the framework of the United Nations.