Strengthening mine-removal efforts

November 9 , 2017

Komeito members met with UNMAS Director Agnès Marcaillou in Tokyo on Nov. 8Komeito members met with UNMAS Director Agnès Marcaillou in Tokyo on Nov. 8

Komeito Chief Representative Natsuo Yamaguchi met with Agnès Marcaillou, Director of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), a unit in the UN Peacekeeping Department, on November 8 in Tokyo. Hideki Niizuma and Ryuji Satomi, both vice directors of the Komeito’s International Affairs Bureau and Upper House representatives, were also present for the meeting.

During their talk Director Marcaillou stressed that UNMAS’ activities to promote landmine removal not only have a major impact on preserving peace and stability in post-conflict regions but are also related to humanitarian and developmental assistance. Referring to the fact that UNMAS, which greeted its 20th anniversary this year, was instrumental in enabling the UN Security Council to unanimously adopt the first stand-alone resolution on mine action in June, she requested further support from Japan.

In response, Yamaguchi noted that Japan must involve itself more proactively in the global challenges facing the international community. “I would like to work toward elevating the position of UNMAS on Japan’s list of priorities for humanitarian assistance,” he said.

Yamaguchi and Director Marcaillou also discussed how to further support international NGOs involved in reducing the threat of improvised explosive devices (IED) and the removal of landmines and unexploded bombs.