Statement by H.E. Ambassador YAMAZAKI Kazuyuki, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, at the Security Council (Adoption) EOV after the vote on “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”


(As delivered)
Thank you, Mr. President.
The devastating conflict in Gaza has gone on for far too long, with too much suffering and loss of innocent life. The catastrophic humanitarian situation is indescribable. Many of the hostages are still being held in appalling conditions.
Japan greatly appreciates the vigorous diplomatic efforts led by the United States, Egypt and Qatar, and we strongly support the three-stage proposal outlined by President Biden.
If Hamas accepts the deal and both parties commit themselves to negotiations based on this proposal immediately and with sincerity, it will finally bring about the long-awaited ceasefire and release of hostages.
This is what the Security Council should call upon right now, and thus we voted in favor of the resolution proposed by the US.
The resolution was adopted, and this opportunity must be seized. Japan hopes this strong pronouncement by the Council will help the parties finally reach a ceasefire deal that would allow for the release of all hostages and an influx of critical humanitarian aid at scale.
Today the Security Council has upheld its responsibility to maintain international peace and security by expressing our strong desire to see the end of the vicious cycle of violence.
This Council must stand ready to take necessary action again, just as we have done today.
The people of Gaza and the hostages still held by Hamas are counting on us.
I thank you, Mr. President.