Gist of Japan-EU joint statement

Following is a summary of the joint statement issued Friday by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and European Union leaders after their summit in Athens:

The parties:

Recognized that the situation on the Korean Peninsula has serious global implications in terms of nonproliferation.

Affirmed the importance of the Pyongyang Declaration in resolving abduction and security issues, and in opening the way to normalizing Japan-North Korean relations.

Underlined the importance of establishing an interim authority by the Iraqi people as soon as possible.

Recognized the vital role the U.N. must play in postconflict situations.

Issued a statement on investment initiatives.

Are willing to enhance information exchange and cooperation to cope with SARS.