Press Conference 1 March 2005

  1. Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations on the bombing incident in Hilla, Iraq
  2. Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations on the situation in Togo
  3. London Meeting on Supporting the Palestinian Authority
  4. Upcoming visit to Japan by United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno
  5. Upcoming town meeting in Tokyo

  1. Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations on the bombing incident in Hilla, Iraq

    Press Secretary Hatsuhisa Takashima: Today, I would like to make several announcements.

    The Government of Japan today issued the following statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the bombing incident in Hilla, Iraq.

    The Government of Japan is outraged by and expresses strong indignation toward the incident that occurred on 28 February in Hilla in central Iraq, in which a terrorist bombing killed and injured many people. Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason, and the Government of Japan firmly condemns terrorist atrocities that sacrifice many innocent people.

    The Government of Japan extends its heartfelt sympathy for those who were killed and condolences to those bereaved by the incidents and prays for the early recovery of the injured.

    Elections for the National Assembly held on 30 January in Iraq was a significant and important step toward democratization in Iraq, and the Government of Japan hopes that the political process will continue to make further progress by the end of this year and that the breeding ground of terrorist group activities will be relinquished as Iraq is transformed into a democratic and stable country.

    Related Information (Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Bombing Incident in Hilla, Iraq)
  2. Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations on the situation in Togo

    Mr. Takashima: The next announcement is about the statement by the Press Secretary on the situation in Togo.

    Japan welcomes the announcement on 25 February 2005 by Mr. Faure Gnassingbe that he will resign from being "president" of the Republic of Togo. After Nyashinbe Eyadema, the former president of the Republic of Togo, passed away on 5 February, Mr. Faure was announced as the new President, without any democratic procedures, which brought criticism from within the country and outside it.

    Japan respects the efforts exerted by the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in this matter, and hopes that the presidential election which is anticipated in the near future will be conducted in a transparent and fair manner, in accordance with the Togolese people's will.

    Related Information (Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Situation in Togo)
  3. London Meeting on Supporting the Palestinian Authority

    Mr. Takashima: The third announcement is about the London Meeting on Supporting the Palestinian Authority.

    Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Ichiro Aisawa will lead the Japanese delegation to the London Meeting on Supporting the Palestinian Authority to be held in London on 1 March. This meeting is held under the strong initiative of Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom in order to muster support from the international community to assist President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, seizing the present historic opportunity to move forward the peace process in the Middle East.

    At this meeting, Japan will introduce its efforts, including the additional aid amounting US$60.0 million to the Palestinians. Japan will also underscore the importance of the international community's efforts to provide assistance urgently and tangibly to the Palestinian Authority in concert, so as to support the reforms of the Palestinians themselves.

    Related Information (Japan-Palestinian Authorities Relations)
  4. Upcoming visit to Japan by United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno

    Mr. Takashima: The fourth announcement is about the visit of United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations to Japan.

    The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno will visit Japan from 4 to 9 March at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. While staying in Tokyo, Mr. Guéhenno will meet with Japanese Government officials and attend a discussion forum on UN peacekeeping at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA). Ministry of Foreign Affairs expects that the visit of Mr. Guéhenno will further strengthen the cooperative relations between Japan and the UN.

    Related Information (UN Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) and other International Peace Cooperation)
  5. Upcoming town meeting in Tokyo

    Mr. Takashima: Finally, Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobutaka Machimura will hold a town meeting in Tokyo at the Hibiya auditorium in the afternoon of Saturday, 5 March. The topic will be UN reform. It is expected that several hundred citizens will participate. Members of the press including foreign press are invited to cover this event.


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