Mon, September 24, 2012
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Japan’s PM heads to N.Y. to address territorial issues at U.N.

2012-09-24 09:17:58 GMT2012-09-24 17:17:58(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda headed for New York on Monday to attend the annual gathering of the U.N. General Assembly, during which he will urge that territorial disputes be settled on the basis of the principle of the rule of law.

The speech he is planning to deliver on Wednesday at the general debate of the assembly comes as Japan's relations with China and South Korea have worsened sharply over sovereignty claims for two sets of small islands.

Japan’s Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba will also attend U.N.-related meetings and is seeking to arrange talks with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on the sidelines on Wednesday in a bid to start repairing bilateral ties, diplomatic sources said.

(Agencies)

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