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Joint Press Statement--18th EU-Japan Summit
4 May 2009

On 4 May 2009, representatives of the European Union and Japan attended the 18th European Union-Japan Summit. Vclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic, High Representative Dr. Javier Solana and Jos Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, met with Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso in Prague, Czech Republic. Summit leaders committed themselves to promoting the EU-Japanese strategic partnership, and cooperate on shared values regarding human rights, good governance, the rule of law, sustainable development, and a market-based economy. Topics discussed included Peace and Security, as well as Global Responsibility. The Press Statement released jointly by the EU and Japan included the following aspects:

Summit leaders underlined the importance of fully implementing the reforms of the UN system adopted at the 2005 UN Summit, including reform of the main UN bodies, as referred to in the outcome document, in order to strengthen the UNs capacity to effectively address global challenges. Summit leaders also underscored the importance of further multilateral cooperation, including in the work of the Human Rights Council and the Peacebuilding Commission. They also stressed the need to achieve concrete results on a new UN scale of assessments. ()

Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen Africas Peace and Security Architecture by the African Union, to improve Africas peacekeeping capabilities. Both sides stressed the importance of dealing with humanitarian crisis such as in Darfur, Chad/Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of the Congo. ()

Summit leaders expressed their hope that the Government of Myanmar tackles the countrys severe political, structural and economic problems and fosters a peaceful transition to a legitimate, democratic and civilian government without delay. They pointed out that elections planned for 2010 could be welcomed by the international community if they were based on an inclusive dialogue among all the stakeholders in Myanmar. In this context, they called on Myanmar to release political prisoners and detainees, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and to lift all restrictions imposed on political parties immediately. ()

Summit leaders expressed deep concern over the large number of civilians who are still caught in the conflict area in Northern Sri Lanka, in particular the many continuing reports of civilian casualties and fatalities. They condemned efforts by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to prevent civilians from leaving and urged them to free all civilians, and the Sri Lankan military to guarantee their safe passage. They called on the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE to comply fully with international humanitarian law and to end the conflict. () Summit leaders called on all parties in Sri Lanka to engage in an inclusive political process that addressed the legitimate concerns of all communities. ()

Summit leaders reaffirmed their intention to cooperate in the area of human security by promoting this concept in the UN and other international fora, and to pursue dialogue on human security. They also stressed the need for the General Assembly of the United Nations to continue consideration of the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity and its implications, bearing in mind the principles of the Charter and international law, as stated in the 2005 World Summit Outcome.

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