Dear Ms. Kasai
We have just received the transcription of the address by H.E. Mr. Taro Aso, Prime Minister of Japan at the 63rd Session of the General Assembly of the UN, which was held in New York on September 25, 2008. We were profoundly moved by the fact that the PM devoted an important part of his address to the visit of our youth delegation to Japan in August 2008. We were particularly impressed by the statement in the speech saying: "For comprehensive peace in the Middle East, what is necessary is the mental "groundwork" that will make such peace possible. By investing in the young minds of high school students, Japanese civil society is working to foster this groundwork." This statement reflects in a nutshell the basic strategy of the PCFF. We have identified the potential impact of bereavement in both Israeli and Palestinian societies as a powerful tool to transmit our message of peace and reconciliation. We have done nothing else than implementing the fundamental statement in the Preamble to the Constitution of UNESCO which declares that ‘since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed’.
We are very proud by the fact the the PM of Japan brought this particular project as a proof of his thesis. We were particularly glad to read his further statement that: "As this example suggests, there is no doubt in my mind that there are certain types of diplomacy that Japan is uniquely able to undertake."
We fully agree on the special moral standing that Japan has got to encourage these types of international actions. The Israeli-Palestinian Bereaved Families Forum Supporting Peace and Reconciliation will be more than ready to take this challenge.
Looking forward to expand our future cooperation, I remain,Sincerely yours,
International Relations – The PCFF