Posted by: Administrator | 17 September, 2006

President at Japan-PAK Summit Meeting, New York

12 September 2002, New York

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, during his visit to New York, held talks with General Pervaiz Musharraf, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan at the U.N. Headquarters on September 11. The following is a summary of the meeting.
1. Fight Against Terrorism
(1) Prime Minister Koizumi said that he was delighted to be able to meet President Musharraf, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States. He also expressed respect to President Musharraf for exercising leadership in the fight against terrorism despite the fact that he was facing various difficulties.

(2) President Musharraf said that he was also very delighted to be able to meet Prime Minister Koizumi and expressed appreciation for the prime minister’s words. President Musharraf stated that although there are difficulties, he wanted to continue his efforts.
2. Bilateral Relations
(1) Prime Minister Koizumi said that, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic ties between Japan and Pakistan, he wanted to further develop
the friendly relations between the two countries. On the subject of economic cooperation, with
regard to the third-phase of the Kohat Tunnel Construction Project, a loan aid project, he said
that Japan, while consulting with Pakistan, is pleased to extend as much cooperation as
possible.
(2) President Musharraf stated that, this year being the fiftieth anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic ties, he wanted to further strengthen bilateral relations. He invited
Prime Minister Koizumi to visit Pakistan. Also, President Musharraf expressed his sincere
gratitude for Japan’s economic cooperation, and in particular he requested Japan’s assistance
in the third-phase of the Kohat Tunnel Construction Project and the supply of the remaining
part of $300 million grant cooperation.
(3) Prime Minister Koizumi expressed gratitude for the invitation to visit Pakistan. Regarding
the $300 million grant cooperation, he said that Japan would try to implement the grant as
committed.
3. India-Pakistan Situation
(1) Prime Minister Koizumi noted that tension seemed to have reduced a little since his
telephone talks with the leaders of India and Pakistan in June and asked President Musharraf
to continue to display self-restraint and to make efforts toward a peaceful settlement. Prime
Minister Koizumi also requested President Musharraf to make efforts so that the killing of an
election candidate in Kashmir on September 11 does not lead to an emotional reaction
between India and Pakistan.
(2) President Musharraf expressed appreciation for Prime Minister Koizumi’s efforts toward the
reduction of tension and normalization of relations between India and Pakistan, and asked for
the prime minister’s assistance in resuming dialogue, saying that Pakistan had consistently
called for the de-escalation of tension and resumption of dialogue but that India did not
respond to it and only exerted various pressure.
4. Democratization in Pakistan
(1) Prime Minister Koizumi expressed the hope that the general election in Pakistan in October
would be held in a free and fair manner and said that Japan was considering the dispatch of
election observers.
(2) President Musharraf promised the fair and transparent implementation of the general
election and welcomed Japan’s dispatch of election observers.
5. Situation in Afghanistan
(1) President Musharraf stated that what is important is that the commitment of $4.5 billion
pledged at the International Conference of Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan held in
Tokyo is disbursed to the administration of President Hamid Karzai.
(2) In reply to questions from Prime Minister Koizumi about the change in relations between
Pakistan and Afghanistan over the last year and the state of return of Afghan refugees from
Pakistan, President Musharraf said that Pakistan fully supports the administration of President
Karzai but that there were some anti-Pakistan elements within that administration. He also
said that the effective rule of the Karzai administration did not extend across the whole of the
country and that power vacuums existed. Also, he said, the multiethnic principle was not being
obeyed. He said that these and the restoration of public order were issues to be tackled with.
Furthermore, President Musharraf said that one million refugees out of about 3.5 million had
already been repatriated from Pakistan and that the realization of stability and reconstruction
in Afghanistan would lead to the further repatriation of refugees.
6. Other
President Musharraf said that, frankly speaking, anti-U.S. sentiment did exist in Pakistan and
that he was concerned about the possibility that the recent debate concerning Iraq would not
necessarily move this sentiment in a good direction. often fosters extremist views.
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