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        Security Council
5 February 1988


Letter dated 4 February 1988 from the representative
of Japan to the Secretary-General

[Original: English]
I have the honour to transmit herewith the text of a statement issued on 4 February 1988 by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Sosuke Uno, on the conflict in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

I should be grateful if you would arrange to have this text circulated as an official document of the General Assembly and of the Security Council.
(Signed) Makoto TANIGUCHI
Charge d'affaires a.i.
of the Permanent Mission of Japan
to the United Nations

*Circulated under the double symbol A/43/126-S/19479.


Statement issued on 4 February 1988 by the
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan

1. Since December of last year, disturbances on the largest scale since the beginning of the Israeli occupation have been happening in thc West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Government of Japan deeply regrets that the situation has not improved in spite of the concerns and censures expressed by the international society as represented by related resolutions of the Security Council. Last month, the Government of Japan already called in the Israeli Ambassador in Japan and strongly requested that the Israeli Government observe the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War 1/ and exert the utmost self-restraint. The situation so far, however, has shown no sign of improvement, and further casualties were caused by the opening of fire on 1 February. The Government of Japan therefore intends to reiterate to the Israeli side its request for an improvement in the situation.

2. Underlying the recent disturbances is the fact that peace has not been in force in this region for a long time, placing the Palestinian people living in the occupied territories in severe political, economic and social conditions. The Government of Japan has taken every opportunity to state that a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in tbe Middle East is urgently required. Today, I have sent to Mr. Abdel Meguid, the Foreign Minister of Egypt, a message stating that the Government of Japan will support the peace initiative proposed by President Mubarak. I believe that this peace initiative reflects Egypt's sincere efforts towards the achievement of peace in the Middle East, and Japan intends to extend active co-operation to such efforts for peace made by countries concerned. Upon this occasion, the Government of Japan reaffirms its support for the convening of an international peace conference on the Middle East, an idea actively promoted in recent years by the countries concerned, and expresses its intention of making diplomatic efforts towards its achievement.

3. In addition to these diplomatic efforts, the Government of Japan intends to intensify the concrete measures it can take in the future. In this connection, the Government of Japan will co-operate in the activities of the United Nations Development Programme aimed at improving the economic and social conditions of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as contained in the Secretary-General's report of 21 January on the situation in the occupied territories [S/19443]. The Government of Japan will endeavour to make a contribution of $1 million to the UNDP programme of assistance to the Palestinian people, already included in the draft budget for the financial year 1988.


1/ Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949 (United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, No. 973).

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