In his first comment on the issue, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says the rising tensions between Japan and China over the territorial island dispute is beginning to raise serious concerns. Speaking to the press ahead of the annual General Assembly summit next week, Ban said that the disputes in the Asian region are becoming more and more troubling, not just to himself, but to other nations as well. Maybe the gathering of world leaders next week will offer some input to cool things down and possibly get the ball rolling on a peaceful solution for both Japan and China.
The U.N. leader says the summit in New York will offer a calmer environment, where hopefully diplomatic relations can be saved. Ban says that he has watched the consequences of the fighting over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands between Japan and China, and fears that things may continue to escalate if they aren’t brought to a stop quickly.
Ban said that in his position as head of the U.N. he cannot take a stand on which side may be right or wrong. He doesn’t just want to end the current dispute between Japan and China, but wants there to be a mutual trust throughout the region to avoid any conflicts in the future. The General Assembly will be the perfect location for dialogue to progress, Ban adds, but only if each party is putting in an honest effort.
[via Morning Whistle]