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Japan not to impose additional sanctions on Pakistan

ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN NEWS SUMMARY (28-10-1999)

ISLAMABAD, Oct 28 (APP): Japan will not impose any new, "measures," against Pakistan following change of government in Islamabad, a Japanese official said here on Oct. 27. "There is no (proposal under) consideration to impose additional things on Pakistan," Masami KINEFUCHI, Japanese embassy official told a news conference after a string of meetings of Japanese State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ichita Yamamoto with Pakistani officials and politicians. Yamamoto flew in, here, late Tuesday night on a brief visit and met with President Rafiq Tarar, members of National Security Council Sharifuddin Pirzada and Attiya Inayatullah, Foreign Minister-designate Abdus Sattar, Vice President of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) Ijaz-ul-Haq and Foreign Ministry officials. Kinefuchi said his government's envoy could not meet Chief Executive General Pervez Musharraf, who was on a foreign visit. He said Tokyo would take into account the, "concrete steps," Islamabad would take with regard to restoration of democracy and signing of Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty while reviewing the, "measures" it has taken after Pakistan's nuclear test last year. "Japan is going to review its economic measures (imposed after nuclear tests) including financing of new projects." He said the restoration of democratic process and decision on signing CTBT were the main messages conveyed by the Japanese envoy to Pakistani leaders and officials. "He expressed the hope for the earliest restoration of democracy."

The Japanese official said, "we know what has been happening since October 12, but actually it is an extra-ordinary situation." Responding to a question, he said, "we understand that the present government is committed to the restoration of democracy. We want to see what concrete steps they take in this regard." He said Yamamoto reiterated Tokyo's call for Islamabad's adherence to CTBT as soon as possible. "We hope our message will be seriously considered in policy formulation." He said Pakistan and Japan have been maintaining very good and friendly relations for a long time. However, he said, last year's nuclear tests by Pakistan forced Japan to take certain, "measures." When asked about Pakistan's response to the message conveyed by Japanese envoy, Kinefuchi said, "unfortunately, he (Yamamoto) was not able to meet the Chief Executive, so there was no clear reply (from the officials)." However, he said, the Pakistani official’s assured that they would convey the message to General Musharraf. Responding to a question that whether there was any change in Pakistan's stance on CTBT, the Japanese spokesman referred to the policy statement of the Chief Executive on October 17 in which he had stated that Pakistan would stick to its international commitments and obligations. According to Yamamoto, the spokesman said, President of Pakistan was, "very positive on CTBT issue."

He said according to, "our interpretation every one sounded positive on this issue." However, "some said it is difficult to sign CTBT immediately." He pointed out that Pakistani officials reiterated their call for removal of atmosphere of coercion to pave way for its adherence to CTBT. In response to a question, the Japanese official said, "we don't want actual signing of CTBT by Pakistan but a decision in this regard." He added, "we want them to announce a date for it." Replying to another question, he said all Pakistani leaders and officials maintained that the present government was committed to the restoration of democracy in the country. In response to a question about the meeting of Japanese government official with Ijaz-ul-Haq, the spokesman said, "it was good for him (Yamamoto) to have a meeting with politicians." "Ijaz-ul-Haq was very positive regarding what happened in the country. I can't comment on it in detail but he did not mention any negative comment on this set up and explained the reasons which necessitated this happening." On Kashmir, he said, President Tarar raised the issue during the meeting and urged Japanese envoy to convey, "what's Pakistan is doing and what India should do." He said Chief Executive General Musharraf had ordered withdrawal of additional troops from international borders with India. "Pakistan's position is that India should follow the goodwill gesture and we will convey this message to India." In response to a question, he said Pakistan is losing 300 million to 500 million dollars annually in overseas development Assistance of Japan following imposition of, "measures."