Japan Hopes for Early End to Conflicts in Libya

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) The seizing of the city of Sirte in north central Libya by Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) and the death of former Leader Muammar Al Qadthafi "are very important developments for new nation-building efforts that are to be carried out by the Libyan Government," Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said in a statement today.

Japan hopes that armed conflict in Libya will cease and that the security situation will stabilize as soon as possible, Gemba said. Furthermore, Japan looks forward to the creation of an environment that will facilitate Libya in working towards full-fledged reconstruction, including the early establishment of an inclusive interim government.

Japan will continue to support efforts aimed at new nation-building with the participation of all Libyan citizens, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, officials of the foreign ministry said Japan will soon reopen its Libya embassy, which has been closed since late February. Japan will strengthen medical and other support measures for Libyan citizens in cooperation with the international community,

In a related development, the Japanese government decided to lift part of its sanctions against Libya. The government plans to lift a freeze on assets of two Libyan oil companies including one owned by the state. The freeze on transactions with four organizations in the country, including the Libyan central bank, will be lifted for those dated after last month's adoption of the U.N. resolution.

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