Japan-Russia Summit Meeting on the Occasion of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting
(Overview of Results)
November 22, 2004
On November 21 (local time), Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, visiting Santiago, Chile to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting, held a summit meeting with President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation. The following is an overview of the meeting. This was the first Japan-Russia Summit Meeting that was held since the Sea Island Summit in June.
At this meeting, the two leaders discussed (a) bilateral relations, primarily the peace treaty issue and other issues, as well as (b) North Korea and other issues.
1. President Putin's visit to Japan
(1)President Putin reaffirmed that he would visit Japan in early 2005 and explained that the Russian side had yet to determine a specific date for the visit to propose to Japan. The two leaders agreed to continue making adjustments at the working level in this regard.
(2)The two leaders agreed that taking advantage of President Putin's visit to Japan, both sides would strive to make the year 2005 a "special year" that adds momentum to the development of Japan-Russia relations, since the year 2005 marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
(3)On a related note, Prime Minister Koizumi stated that if President Putin's visit to Japan would take place in the context of EXPO 2005, it would contribute to the friendly relations between the two countries, considering that the mammoth exhibit from Russia at EXPO 2005 Aichi scheduled to begin late March, were already popular among Japanese public. To this, President Putin responded that it was "a wonderful idea."
2. Peace treaty issue
Prime Minister Koizumi stressed that it is clear that concluding a peace treaty with Russia and, Hereby, dramatically advancing Japan-Russia relations was in the strategic interests of both sides in light of the strategic environment surrounding Japan-Russia relations. Prime Minister Koizumi strongly pressed upon President Putin that it was responsibility of the leaders of the two countries to face and tackle the historic issue of concluding a peace treaty between Japan and Russia. President Putin confirmed that he believed it was necessary to resolve the Northern Territories issue and conclude a peace treaty. The two leaders agreed to vigorously advance the consultations toward President Putin's visit to Japan on all levels, including reciprocal visits by the foreign minister's.
3. Other issues
The two leaders agreed that cooperation between Japan and Russia had great potential and it was in the interests of both sides to advance cooperation in a wide range of areas in accordance with the Japan-Russia Action Plan. The two leaders also agreed to further promote cooperation in various areas and instruct experts on both sides to accelerate work toward President Putin's visit to Japan.
4. Kyoto Protocol
Prime Minister Koizumi stated that EXPO 2005's theme was "coexistence with nature" and welcomed Russia's decision to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. The two leaders agreed that they would further advance cooperation with the aim of implementing the Kyoto Protocol.
5. Issues concerning North Korea
With regard to the issues concerning North Korea, which were also discussed at the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, the two leaders agreed to urge North Korea to understand the importance of the Six-Party Talks, and to work toward holding the next round of the Six-Party Talks at an early date.
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