Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan on the Third Parliamentary Election in the Republic of Iraq
1. The Government of Japan welcomes that the third parliamentary elections were held in Iraq on April 30 as scheduled.
2. On the occasion of this parliamentary election, the Government of Japan conducted election monitoring in Baghdad City and Erbil City in close coordination with the Government of Iraq and with other countries. The monitoring team was led by Japanese Ambassador to Iraq Mr. Kazuya Nashida. I understand that this election was carried out generally peacefully, in the midst of Iraq’s severe security situation.
3. Nevertheless, terrorists attacked some polling stations and their neighborhood in Iraq. The Government of Japan strongly condemns such acts of terrorism. The Government of Japan also extends its condolences to the victims of the terrorism and their bereaved families, and offers its sympathies to those injured.
4. The Government of Japan hopes that the process up to the announcement of the final results, including counting and tallying ballots and responding to complaints, will proceed in a fair, prompt and peaceful manner, and that a new administration will be inaugurated promptly. Additionally, the Government of Japan hopes that this election will pave the way for further national reconciliation, stability and development in Iraq.