19th EU-Japan Summit Tokyo

3. Coop­er­a­tion on region­al issues

Sum­mit lead­ers under­lined the use­ful­ness of strate­gic dia­logues on East Asia, and Cen­tral Asia, and in gen­er­al of reg­u­lar exchanges of assess­ment on devel­op­ments in their respec­tive neigh­bour­hood. Sum­mit lead­ers shared their inten­tion to strength­en their oper­a­tional coop­er­a­tion, acknowl­edg­ing the impor­tance of mak­ing it more action-ori­ent­ed in pro­mot­ing inter­na­tion­al peace and sta­bil­i­ty.

They expressed inter­est in explor­ing pos­si­ble areas of coop­er­a­tion in poli­cies and pro­grammes aimed at sta­bil­is­ing the EU’s neigh­bour­hood, includ­ing in the West­ern Balka­ns and with­in the East­ern Part­ner­ship, the Black Sea Syn­er­gy and the Union for the Mediter­ranean.

East Asian region­al inte­gra­tion

Sum­mit lead­ers recog­nised the impor­tance of build­ing, in the long run, an East Asian com­mu­ni­ty based on the prin­ci­ple of open­ness, trans­paren­cy and inclu­sive­ness and func­tion­al coop­er­a­tion. Rec­og­niz­ing that the East Asia Sum­mit (EAS) was a forum dri­ven by ASEAN in close part­ner­ship with its oth­er par­tic­i­pants, Japan wel­comed the EU’s con­tin­ued inter­est on greater EAS engage­ment and its acces­sion to the Treaty of Ami­ty and Coop­er­a­tion in South­east Asia.


Sum­mit lead­ers acknowl­edged the impor­tant role of the Asia-Europe Meet­ing (ASEM) as a plat­form for dia­logue, coop­er­a­tion and pol­i­cy devel­op­ment between the two regions with the view of fur­ther con­tribut­ing to the devel­op­ment of the glob­alised inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty. They also recog­nised that it is high time for ASEM to move from “a dia­logue mode” to “a part­ner­ship” between the two regions in enhanc­ing polit­i­cal, eco­nom­ic and cul­tur­al exchange. In this regard, they looked for­ward to ASEM 8 to be held in Brus­sels, Bel­gium, on 4–5 Octo­ber in 2010.

Mid­dle East Peace Process

Sum­mit lead­ers stressed the spe­cial impor­tance of mak­ing efforts to estab­lish a just, com­pre­hen­sive and last­ing peace in the Mid­dle East. They shared the view of a two-state solu­tion with the State of Israel and an inde­pen­dent, demo­c­ra­t­ic, con­tigu­ous and viable Pales­tin­ian State, liv­ing side by side in peace and secu­ri­ty. They shared the view that the resump­tion of peace nego­ti­a­tions between Israel and the Pales­tini­ans is urgent­ly need­ed. Sum­mit lead­ers expressed strong sup­port to the efforts by the Pales­tin­ian Author­i­ty to imple­ment its state-build­ing plan and its com­mit­ment to fur­ther invest in the Pales­tin­ian insti­tu­tions, and indi­cat­ed that they will explore pos­si­bil­i­ties for fur­ther coor­di­na­tion to pro­mote the Mid­dle East Peace Process, includ­ing coop­er­a­tion in Pales­tin­ian State­build­ing efforts.


The Sum­mit lead­ers expressed their con­cerns about the recent­ly adopt­ed restric­tive elec­toral laws. They called for the elec­tions planned for 2010 to be trans­par­ent, ful­ly inclu­sive, free and fair. They also called on the Gov­ern­ment of Myan­mar to release all polit­i­cal pris­on­ers, includ­ing Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The Sum­mit lead­ers expressed their readi­ness to respond pos­i­tive­ly to sub­stan­tive polit­i­cal progress. They reaf­firmed their full sup­port for the UN Sec­re­tary General’s Mis­sion of Good Offices and called on the Gov­ern­ment to coop­er­ate ful­ly with him.

Sri Lan­ka

Sum­mit lead­ers took note of the results of the Pres­i­den­tial and the recent Par­lia­men­tary elec­tions in Sri Lan­ka. In this con­text, they urged the Gov­ern­ment and all com­mu­ni­ties in Sri Lan­ka to make con­crete efforts to over­come the divi­sions of the past and to move on to gen­uine rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, in order to achieve long-term secu­ri­ty and pros­per­i­ty. Sum­mit lead­ers will work togeth­er to encour­age and sup­port Sri Lankan efforts to achieve these goals.


Sum­mit lead­ers recon­firmed their inten­tion to coop­er­ate close­ly with Africa includ­ing the African Union and to con­tin­u­al­ly sup­port Africa’s devel­op­ment and progress includ­ing towards the MDGs through the TICAD (Tokyo Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence on African Devel­op­ment) process and under the Joint Africa-EU Strat­e­gy. Fur­ther­more, recog­nis­ing the impor­tance of peace and secu­ri­ty in Africa, they shared the view that they would active­ly extend assis­tance for enhanc­ing Africa’s peace-keep­ing capa­bil­i­ty as well as for pro­mot­ing democ­ra­ti­sa­tion.

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