Discussion Between Prime Minister Mori and the Leaders and Other Envoys of Seven Latin American Countries

June 14, 2000
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On June 9 Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori met with the leaders and other envoys of seven Latin American countries at the Prime Minister's Official Residence for about 25 minutes beginning at 11:35 a.m. The following are a summary and an evaluation of the meeting (the attending envoys are listed on the attachment).

I. Summary

(1) Remarks by Prime Minister Mori

(a) Japan-Latin America relations

Prime Minister Mori said that Japan highly evaluated the progress of democratization and fundamental economic reform in Latin American countries throughout the '90s, and announced the continuation of the assistance which Japan has consistently extended to them.

(b) Reform of the U.N. Security Council

Prime Minister Mori pointed out that it was important for many leaders to address the need for the strengthening of the United Nations, especially reform of the Security Council, at the U.N. Millennium Summit in September.

(2) Remarks by the Special Envoys (not including expressions of condolence; Prime Minister Mori made appropriate replies to each envoy separately)

(a) El Salvador

The envoy expressed his wish for a visit by Prime Minister Mori to Latin American countries in order to strengthen their ties with Japan. He also thanked Japan for its cooperation in the efforts for peace, democratization, and integration in Central America, and indicated his hope for continued assistance from Japan. He agreed with Prime Minister Mori on the need to strengthen the United Nations.

(b) Guyana

The envoy expressed his gratitude for Japan's economic cooperation and his hope that at Japan's initiative, the assistance to developing countries would be discussed at the Kyushu-Okinawa Summit.

(c) Peru

The envoy thanked Prime Minister Mori for his congratulations to President Alberto Fujimori on his recent reelection. The envoy stated Peru's stance that Peru will make efforts to gain understanding inside and outside the country that the election was conducted in a both democratic and fair manner. He also asked for Japanese assistance for Peru's efforts to strengthen its democratic system.

(d) Nicaragua

The envoy said that he was expecting constructive discussion on the subject of support to heavily indebted poor countries at the coming G8 Summit. He expressed Nicaragua's gratitude for Japan's economic cooperation and its support for Japan's position on reform of the U.N. Security Council.

(e) Chile

The envoy noted the importance of the roles of Japan and Chile in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. He stated Chile's hope to further strengthen bilateral relations in political and cultural areas as well, and supported Japan's position on strengthening the United Nations.

(f) St. Lucia

The envoy expressed his government's gratitude for Japan's economic cooperation and its hope to strengthen cooperation with Japan in international fora.

(g) Mexico

The envoy asked Prime Minister Mori to examine the recommendations in the final report by the New Japan-Mexico Commission for the 21st Century for effective implementation of the recommendations. (Prime Minister Mori replied that the government would first implement the recommendations that it deemed possible to implement.) He stated that Japan should play a more active role in the U.N. Security Council, and that an appropriate formula should be created for that purpose.

II. Evaluation

(1) Although the meeting was short, Prime Minister Mori and the Latin American envoys frankly and substantially exchanged their opinions on subjects of common interest in a friendly atmosphere. Having traveled all the way to Japan, the envoys highly appreciated the arrangement of the meeting, which provided an excellent opportunity for Japan and Latin American and Caribbean countries to reaffirm and further strengthen their ties of friendship and cooperation at the high level.

(2) The envoys especially expressed deep gratitude for Japanese support for democratization as well as Japanese economic cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean. They also expressed their hopes for Japanese initiative at the Kyushu-Okinawa Summit. In addition, some of them indicated their understanding of Japan's position on the importance of reform of the U.N. Security Council.

(3) The visit by the Peruvian envoy was the first by a high-level government official of the country since the presidential election. After the meeting, Prime Minister Mori personally saw off the envoy (Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Alberto Bustamante) and expressed his congratulations on President Fujimori's reelection. He also took that opportunity to convey the Japanese government's clear message, encouraging further efforts by the Peruvian government to promote democratization, in consideration of the recent resolution at the general assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS).


Attachment

Meeting Between Prime Minister Mori and the Leaders and Other Envoys of Seven Latin American countries

Attending envoys

* El Salvador: Vice-President Carlos Quintanilla
* Guyana: Prime Minister Samuel Hinds
* Peru: President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Justice Alberto Bustamante
* Nicaragua: Speaker of the National Assembly Ivan Escobal
* Chile: Minister of the Government Claudio Huepe
* St. Lucia: Minister of Foreign Affairs George Odlum
* Mexico: Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergio González-Gárvez


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