Speech by Yutaka Banno, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs,
at the Meeting on Afghanistan
on the occasion of the NATO Summit Meeting

November 20, 2010

Japanese

Ladies and gentlemen,

Opening

I am honored to have an opportunity to participate in this valuable discussion today. On behalf of the Government of Japan, I would like to pay tribute to those present here for their huge contributions to the stabilization and reconstruction of Afghanistan.

Last November, in order for Japan to play an active role in supporting Afghanistan's own nation-building, the Government of Japan announced a plan to provide assistance worth up to about 5 billion dollars for Afghanistan over about five years. Focusing on three priority areas of security, reintegration and development, Japan plans to implement assistance worth about 1.1 billion dollars by the end of this year. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce Japan's approach toward assistance for Afghanistan.

(1) Security improvement

First, with regard to security improvement of Afghanistan, in light of contributing to planned transfer of security authority to Afghanistan by the end of 2014, Japan plans to cooperate with the EU and Turkey in training police officers and to enhance its contribution to the NATO Afghan National Army Trust Fund, in addition to assistance for Afghan National Police that have been already implemented. Furthermore, the Government of Japan is aware that shortages of NATO trainers in Afghanistan have become an urgent issue and that NATO is asking its member and partner countries for their support to cover the shortages. Japan has been positively considering the possibility of sending medical and sanitation personnel from the Self-Defense Forces for medical education and training.

(2) Reintegration

Second, not only military efforts but also political efforts for reconciliation and reintegration are indispensable. Among them, the reintegration of insurgent groups into Afghan society is a critical element. Japan will continue to support development programs for vocational training and job creation for former soldiers.

(3) Development

Third, with regard to the stabilization of people's livelihoods and the construction of economic infrastructure, the Government of Japan has implemented a total of 97 projects in cooperation with 16 PRTs to provide livelihood-linked support in elementary education, vocational training, healthcare and sanitation, and other fields.

Thank you very much for your kind attention.


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