Japan Ready to Support Removal of Syrian Chemical Weapons: Komeito's Yamaguchi

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tokyo - (PanOrient News) The Japanese government will provide further support in regard to the disposal of chemical weapons in Syria if the Syrian government shows good faith in implementing the international agreement, Said Natsuo Yamaguchi, the head of the Japanese New Komeito Party.

"I am very glad that the possibility of armed conflict can be avoided for now. However, the Syrian government needs to show it is implementing the agreement. And Russia, who came up with the proposal, has a responsibility to ensure the agreement is followed fully by Syria," said Mr. Yamaguchi whose party is part of the ruling coalition in Japan with the Liberal Democratic Party. He added, "Only after this is confirmed, will the Japanese government provide fundamental support to the operation."

Mr. Yamaguchi referred to Japan's own experience in dealing with the disposal of chemical weapons. He said that Japan left various kinds of chemical weapons in World War II. Over the past years, Japan has sent a variety of experts and spent a great deal of money on removal of the chemical weapons. "If Japan's expertise is able to contribute to the situation in Syria, we are willing to share our skills," he told a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo.

After the suspicion of the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons arose to the surface on August 21st, US President Barack Obama announced the possibility of launching a military intervention. Tension grew worldwide at the possibility of another war to roil in the Middle East, but then Russia proposed in September that all chemical weapons in the hands of the Syrian government be placed under international control to eventually be destroyed.

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