Japan has already fulfilled an international pledge to provide $3 billion in official development assistance over a seven-year period ending in fiscal 2000 to help developing countries address AIDS and population issues, Foreign Ministry sources said Wednesday.

The sources said Japan will reveal its full implementation of the Global Issues Initiative — as the 1994 aid pledge is commonly called — during a three-day special session of the United Nations General Assembly that opens in New York on June 30 to discuss the issues of population and development.

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