1 On December 13, Ambassador Motohide Yoshikawa, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, conducted a stakeout with Japanese correspondents at the United Nations Headquarters, following his meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the same day.
2 With respect to the situation in Syria, Ambassador Yoshikawa expressed, during his meeting with Secretary-General, Japan’s willingness to further cooperate in the fields of (1) the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons, (2) humanitarian assistance, and (3) the political process:
(1) the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons
The Government of Japan made a cabinet decision to allocate a total of approximately 18 million US dollars (approximately 1.5 billion Japanese yen) to its draft supplementary budget for the fiscal year 2013, with a view to making contributions to the trust funds established respectively under the UN and the OPCW.
(2) humanitarian assistance
The Government of Japan will announce in the coming days a substantial amount of humanitarian assistance. This will be in addition to its current contribution amounting to 155 million US dollars.
(3) the political process
Japan is ready to participate in and contribute to the Geneva 2 Conference to be held on 22 January next year.