Senior Afghan Government Official, Youssof Ghafoorzai, was joined by former UN Special Representative Tadamichi Yamamoto in examining the role of UN in Afghanistan. Ambassador Ghafoorzai also explained the significance of peace talks between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban group that has taken place in Doha, Qatar on Sept. 12. 2020.
Akio Miyajima, Japanese Ambassador to Turkey explained Turkey as a “rising power” with “volatility” and “resilience” in the turbulent Middle East region and beyond from various aspects including its diplomacy, military, domestic affairs, and economy. He emphasized that Turkey, a nation of 83 million people with tremendous potential holds the key to regional stability and global peacebuilding as the influence and commitment of the United States wanes and declines.
President José Ramos-Horta was followed by former Under-Secretary-General Ameerah Haq who emphasized the importance of preserving the rule-based international order. They are joined by former SRSG to Afghanistan Tadamichi YAMAMOTO and Ambassador Yasuyoshi KOMIZO to IAEA in Vienna, Nippon University Lecturer Yuichi KUBOTA, JICA Peacebuilding Chief Koji SAKANE, Professor Takaaki MIZUNO, GPAJ Vice President Ken INOUE and Elizabeth GAMARRA, Rotary Fellow at ICU, Tokyo. Please click here for a video coverage.
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Ambassador MALAZOGU will also discuss the implication of the advisory opinion of 22 July 2010 of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) entitled “Accordance with international law of the unilateral declaration of independence in respect of Kosovo” and its relevant orders. For details, please click here.
The Independent Commission created by the Myanmar government presented its report on January 20 indicating that Myanmar security forces committed serious human rights violations or disproportionate use of force during the internal armed conflict in August-September 2017 in northern Rakhine State which led to mass displacement of Rohingya Muslims but that they did not commit genocide against the ethnic minority.
Lisa REEFKE, Senior Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) made a presentation at a seminar participated by 15 scholars and practitioners at JICA Ichigaya Global Plaza in Tokyo.
Here is a consolidated summary report of the Tokyo Peacebuilding Forum with photos of the participants from not only Japan but also China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Kosovo Lebanon, the United States and other countries. Please click here for a consolidated report with photos of the participants.
Former Ambassadors Iwao KITAHARA and Yoshitaka HANADA joined in the lively discussions. (Reported by Taketo Yamaguchi)