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Emergency grant aid to Ukraine to support democratization

April 25, 2014

1. On April 25, the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency grant aid of 500 thousand euros to the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine sent by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and 300 thousand euros to the Council of Europe (CoE) emergency assistance for the presidential election in Ukraine in order to restore democracy and achieve stabilization in Ukraine.

2. As we observe cases of infringing democracy such as attempts to change the status quo by force in the background and human rights violation against national minorities in Ukraine, it is important to (a) improve the economic situation, (b) restore democracy, (c) promote national dialogue and integration for the stabilization of Ukraine. Regarding restoration of democracy, it is crucial to carry out the presidential election on May 25 in a transparent and fair manner, ensuring the participation of national minorities. To this end, Japan decided to provide 300 thousand euros in emergency grant aid for the CoE. Furthermore, Japan decided to provide 500 thousand euros for the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine to encourage national dialogue and integration and thereby stabilize the situation.

3. The Government of Japan expects that international efforts including the emergency grant aid will contribute to restoring democracy and stabilizing the situation in Ukraine.

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