Japanese Senator commented on Putin’s proposal for peace Treaty

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The conclusion of a peace Treaty between Russia and Japan without any preliminary conditions can mean ignoring all that has been done so far, told RIA Novosti on Wednesday, the acting Chairman of the political Council of the ruling Japanese liberal democratic party Satsuki Katayama, a member of the house of councilors of the Japanese Parliament.

«In the words of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the absence of a peace Treaty 70 years is not a good situation, a completely abnormal situation, and this view is echoed by (our) state, and the leaders,» said Katayama in response to a request to comment on the proposal of the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin till the end of the year to conclude a peace Treaty with Japan without any conditions.

«Because Japan and the Soviet Union, Japan and Russia have been negotiating on various aspects, including the problem of the Islands (South Kuril Islands). And if the contract is concluded without preconditions, it does not take into account these factors?» — said Katayama.

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«I came as acting Chairman of the political Council of our party and pass it on to our leadership, they will respond, because diplomacy — the case of the authorities», — promised Katayama.

At the plenary session on Wednesday at the Eastern economic forum in Vladivostok with the participation of Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a proposal to conclude a peace Treaty before the end of this year, without preconditions.

Relations between Russia and Japan for many years overshadows the absence of a peace Treaty. Japan claims the Islands of Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai, referring to bilateral Treatise on trade and borders of 1855. In 1956 the USSR and Japan signed a Joint Declaration in which Moscow has agreed to consider the possibility of transfer of Japan of the Habomai and Shikotan after the conclusion of a peace Treaty, and the fate of Kunashir and Iturup are not affected. The USSR hoped that the Joint Declaration will put an end to the dispute, Japan believed the document only part of the solution, not abandoning claims to all the Islands. Later the negotiations failed, the peace Treaty after the Second world war was never signed. Moscow’s position is that the Islands became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war and the Russian sovereignty over them cannot be questioned.

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