Japan considers that its sovereignty extends to all southern Kuriles
TOKYO, January 30. /TASS/. Japan insists that its sovereignty extends to all the “Northern territories” (so is called the South Kuril Islands), changes in the position of the Japanese government no. On Wednesday during the debate in the lower house of Parliament Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.
“The Northern territory is a territory subject to our sovereignty. Change in this position is not” — said Abe. He also added that the consistent position of the Japanese government is how to identify “all four Islands” [Kunashir, Iturup, Shikotan and group of Islands, which in Japan is called Habomai] and on this basis to conclude a peace Treaty.
“The negotiations [with the Russian side] are conducted on the basis of all documents and agreements reached to date. However, the Japanese-Soviet Declaration of 1956 is the only document that was ratified by the parliaments of both countries, it retains its validity to this day”, — said the head of the Japanese government. Abe recalled that “the ninth article of this document assumes the continuation of negotiations on the conclusion of a peace Treaty and determines that after it is signed Japan will be transferred to the ridge of Habomai and Shikotan”.
“In addition, I would like to refrain from more specific references on how the negotiations and what terms they used so as not to negatively impact on the negotiation process,” at the same time added Shinzo Abe.
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Prime Minister of Japan also noted that Tokyo is in talks with Moscow continues to adhere to the position that a peace Treaty with Russia is necessary after the decision of the territorial problems between the two States. “In any case, the government of Japan will continue hard negotiations [with the Russian side] on the basis of its serial position in the conclusion of a peace Treaty after resolving the territorial problem,” — said Abe.
Earlier this week, the leadership of the ruling liberal democratic party of Japan has once again reiterated the basic position of the government in relation to the South Kuril Islands. “The government of Japan does not change its basic position, which is that the four Islands are our ancestral territory,” — said the Deputy Secretary-General of the ruling liberal democratic party of Japan, Koichi Jaguda.