Russia and Japan to reopen talks over islands dispute
April 30, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
MOSCOW--Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday pledged to renew talks on solving a territorial dispute over Pacific islands that has prevented the two countries from signing a World War II peace treaty.
The two leaders agreed it was "abnormal" their countries had not signed a peace treaty 67 years after the end of World War II and expressed determination to overcome "the existing differences" on the islands dispute through talks, according to a joint declaration adopted in the Kremlin.
The declaration said Abe and Putin agreed to order their foreign ministers to speed up talks on "developing mutually acceptable options" for a solution.
Abe told reporters in the Kremlin at a news conference alongside Putin that the agreement to accelerate the search for an acceptable solution for signing a peace treaty was a "great result."
Abe, who has insisted that strong personal relations with Putin was key for solving the problem, added: "I feel that we have established personal, trusting relations."