Ukrainian Ambassador visits JCP Chair

Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo on July 25 welcomed Yuriy Kostenko, Ukrainian ambassador to Japan, on a courtesy visit at the Diet Building. It was the first time that such an official meeting between the JCP leader and the Ukrainian ambassador took place.

The ambassador gave Shii congratulatory words on the 80th founding anniversary of the JCP.

Explaining the JCP principles concerning international activities -- sovereign independence, equal relations, non-interference in other countries' internal affairs --, Shii said it is possible to cooperate or exchange opinions on common concerns.

They talked about the Three Non-nuclear Principles, the abolition of nuclear weapons, the fight against terrorism, the retaliatory wars, U.S. global strategy, and the history of relations between the JCP and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Shii appreciated that the Ukrainian government abandoned its nuclear arsenal, showing other nuclear possessing nations Ukraine's moral force in the effort to eliminate nuclear weapons. He also emphasized the need to establish an international peace order based on the U.N. Charter. (end)