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2007 November 28 - December 4 [JCP]

Shii meets with Nicaraguan Ambassador

November 29, 2007
Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo on November 28 met with Nicaraguan Ambassador to Japan Saul Arana Castellon at the JCP head office.

Castellon recently assumed the post as the first Nicaraguan ambassador to Japan under the current presidency of Daniel Ortega of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), who took office last January after an interval of 16 years.

“My assignment is to clearly understand the situation in Japan,” the ambassador said, and he expressed hope to further develop the friendly relations between the two countries. He conveyed greetings from President Ortega.

Shii welcomed the ambassador and asked him to give his best regards to President Ortega.

Shii said, “President Ortega’s reelection with the majority support of the Nicaraguan people marked an epoch-making event illustrating that the South American wave of democratic changes is spreading into Central America.”

The fact that the FSLN has been attaching importance to the use of legal means to further of its activities after its defeat in the 1990 presidential election has “contributed to the creation of the trend of carrying out social transformation through elections as seen all over Latin America,” Shii said.

The ambassador in reply referred to the International Court of Justice’s judgment in the 1980s that determined the war the Nicaraguan anti-government forces waged at the instigation of the U.S. was illegal. He also explained that the FSLN has undertaken legal activities, including peacefully relinquishing its government after the 1990 election.

“Your efforts to seek legality both internationally and at home have yielded today’s success,” Shii said.

The ambassador expressed his gratitude for the support extended by the JCP and other progressive forces in Japan since the 1980s and his wish for further promoting cooperation between the Nicaraguan and Japanese peoples.

Shii pointed out that the two peoples have common tasks while working under different conditions.

The JCP chair and the ambassador agreed to cooperate in promoting friendship and solidarity between the two peoples. - Akahata, November 29, 2007
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