2. The Government of Japan is also concerned that this situation would negatively affect further the efforts for early resumption of the Middle East Peace Process. The Government of Japan strongly calls on all the parties concerned to bring the violence to an end and earnestly hopes that the situation will be promptly brought under control under the leadership of President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority.
3. The Government of Japan will continue to firmly support the peace effort of President Abbas, and announced its intention to provide direct economic assistance to the Palestinians through the Office of President in order to show its support for the President's effort in a tangible manner.