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Japan still doesn't accept Israel's annexation of Golan Heights: Suga

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Japan's position that it does not accept Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights remains unchanged, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's signing of a proclamation recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the area it seized from Syria in 1967.

"Our country has taken the position not to approve Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights, and there is no change to it," Suga told a press conference on March 26.

The Japanese government is set to dispatch Self-Defense Force personnel to the Multinational Force and Observers tasked with overseeing the cease-fire between Israel and Egypt on the Sinai Peninsula as early as mid-April. Suga said Trump's move "would not have any particular impact" on the troop dispatch.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Taro Kono skirted around commenting on the compatibility between Trump's move and the 1981 United Nations Security Council resolution calling Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights "null and void."

"I think the U.S. government will provide a proper explanation," Kono told a press conference on March 26.

(Japanese original by Muneyoshi Mitsuda, Political News Department)

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