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Japan (Argentine Sanctions)

Volume 22: debated on Friday 30 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reply the Japanese Government have given to the request of Her Majesty's Government to take action against Argentina following that country's aggression in the Falkland Islands; if he is satisfied that the Japanese Government are aware of the importance which Her Majesty's Government attach to this matter; and if he will make a statement.

Japan voted for Security Council Resolution 502, and on the basis of that resolution the Japanese Government have appealed both in public and in diplomatic representations to the Argentine Government for immediate Argentine withdrawal. Japan has also made it clear to Argentina that the crisis could affect economic relations between the two countries.The Japanese Government have issued advice to the business community designed to prevent any action by Japanese firms which would undermine the trade measures against Argentina applied by other countries. In addition, we understand that in present circumstances no new official credits will be given for exports to Argentina.Her Majesty's Government have kept in close touch with the Japanese Government throughout the crisis. We believe that they are fully aware of the importance we attach to the matter and to their support.