Settlement Activities Handicap Peace Efforts, says Japanese Foreign Minister

TOKYO, November 25, 2014 (WAFA) – Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fumio Kishida, said, in a statement on Tuesday, that the continuing Israeli settlement activities are a violation of international law and hinder efforts by the international community towards resuming negotiations.


“Israeli settlement activities are a violation of international law, and such activities clearly go against efforts by the international community towards resuming negotiations. Japan has repeatedly called on Israel to completely freeze its settlement activities,” Said the statement on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

He expressed his sincere hope “for the realization of peace in the Middle East where a Palestinian State and Israel can co-exist in peace and security.”

He added that “It is necessary for both parties to act to enhance the mutual trust towards the resumption of negotiations.”


“Japan understands Palestinians’ aspiration for state-building and supports a two-state solution through negotiations.”


He said the Government of Japan strongly expects that the division within Palestine will end under the leadership of President Abbas, while the new government, which was formed in June, makes further efforts to advance the Middle East peace process with Israel.


“It is extremely regrettable that many civilians have lost their lives in the recent conflict in Gaza. In order to prevent the reoccurrence of such a tragedy and to achieve the reconstruction of Gaza through governance by the Palestinian Authority, it is necessary to consolidate the cease-fire,” stressing that Japan will continue its cooperation in this regard,” said the statement.


“Japan will actively promote further assistance to build an independent and viable Palestinian state in the future and will also remain actively engaged both politically and economically for the progress of the peace process in cooperation with the international community,” concluded the statement.