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Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs on the Adoption of a Resolution by the United Nations Security Council on Syria

September 28, 2013

1. On September 28 2013(September 27, New York Time), the United Nations Security Council adopted unanimously the resolution 2118 regarding the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria. The Government of Japan has called for the adoption of a strong resolution which reinforces the decision of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), and welcomes the adoption of the resolution today.

2. Japan strongly urges the Government of Syria to comply faithfully and fully with the chemical weapons elimination program set forth in the decision of the Executive Council of OPCW and the Security Council resolution. Japan will also continue to support the efforts by relevant countries and organizations so that chemical weapons will never be used again and cooperate with them as much as possible.

3. Japan will proactively provide assistance to refugees and neighboring countries, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed new humanitarian assistance equivalent to 60 million US dollars in his general statement in the United Nations General Assembly.

4. Japan will continue to promote these assistances in parallel with political dialogue process including Geneva II conference, and in cooperation with the international community.


(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original version in Japanese.)
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