Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs on the Agreement between the United States and Russia on the use of chemical weapons in Syria
September 15, 2013
1. September 14th, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that they agreed on a framework toward complete destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, which include calling for the Syrian government to submit within one week a listing of its chemical weapons stockpiles and to allow access to international inspectors. Japan welcomes this agreement.
2. Japan calls for sincere response by the Syrian government based on the agreement and will watch its real action. Japan also continues to support and will make necessary contributions to efforts by relevant countries and organizations so that chemical weapons are never used again.
3. Japan continues to contribute to the international efforts towards cessation of violence, initiation of political dialogue and improvement of appalling humanitarian conditions. Japan also proactively contributes to assistance to refugees and neighboring countries.