welcomes Ethiopia’s ‘acceptance in
principle’ of ruling
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Press Conference 30 November 2004
Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press
and Public Relations on the acceptance by the Ethiopian Government of the
decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission
Press Secretary Hatsuhisa Takashima: Good afternoon and
thank you very much for coming to the briefing. Today, I would like to make two
announcements before I take questions.
One is about the possible settlement of the border dispute
between the State of Eritrea and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
The Government of Japan today issued a Press Secretary of
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement on the acceptance by the Ethiopian
Government of the decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission in which
Japan welcomes the fact that the Ethiopian Government
decided to accept, in principle, the Decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary
Japan strongly hopes that this decision of the Ethiopian
Government will provide impetus to start the border demarcation promptly
between Ethiopia and Eritrea and facilitate the peace process between the two
countries based on the spirit of mutual concession.
Japan, having been encouraging both Ethiopia and Eritrea to
seek peace, intends to continue its assistance toward the final settlement of
their border issue.