Japan: Shinzo Abe 'determined' to sign peace treaty with Russia over disputed islands

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his determination to resolve the issue of the disputed Southern Kuril Islands and finally sign a peace treaty with Russia during the meeting dedicated to the issue of what Japan calls its 'Northern Territories,' in Tokyo on Wednesday.

SOT, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan (Japanese): "As it was mentioned a while ago during the Russian-Japanese summit in Nagato [ Russian President Vladimir Putin’s two-day official visit to Japan in December 2016], we agreed to solve the problem [of Kuril Islands] in lines with a new approach."


SOT, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan (Japanese): "Russian [people] have already been living on four islands and the [current] generation just continues [to live there]. In such situation, including those Russians who live there now, our new future will be opened once Russia and Japan solve the problem together."

SOT, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan (Japanese): "From the beginning, over the past 70 years, the conclusion of the peace treaty couldn't be settled, and it is still not easy. However, I engrave in my mind everyone's earnest wish for the [issue of the] four Northern Islands [to be solved], step by step, steadily, we will push it forward."

SOT, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan (Japanese): "We would appreciate your continuous support and cooperation with us, and [I want] to express my determination to resolve the issue of the four Northern Islands and concluding a peace treaty with Russia. I am ending my speech. Thank you very much."


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