The Current Situation in Northwest Syria
(Statement by Press Secretary OHTAKA Masato)
1. The Government of Japan is deeply concerned about the situation in Northwest Syria surrounding Idlib in which military conflicts have expanded and resulted in a large number of casualties, including innocent citizens. The humanitarian situation has been deteriorated to an unprecedented level, such as the increasing number of displaced people. Japan once again underscores its position that the Syrian crisis cannot be solved by any military means.
2. The Government of Japan strongly calls on all parties concerned to stop any military actions immediately, and to comply with international humanitarian law, and to take necessary measures for de-escalation of the situation in the region. Furthermore, Japan also urges all parties concerned to allow humanitarian access to all civilians facing difficulties in the region.
3. The Government of Japan hopes that all parties concerned will play a constructive role in improving the humanitarian situation in Syria and in advancing the UN-facilitated political process in line with UNSCR 2254. Japan will continue to work closely with the international community toward the settlement of the crisis in Syria.