New York

28 May 2017

Note to Correspondents: In response to questions on the meeting between the Secretary-General and Prime Minister Abe of Japan

In response to questions received on the meeting between the Secretary-General and Prime Minister Abe of Japan, the Spokesman had the following to say:
 
During their meeting in Sicily, the Secretary-General and Prime Minister Abe did discuss the issue of so-called “comfort women”. The Secretary-General agreed that this is a matter to be solved by an agreement between Japan and the Republic of Korea. The Secretary-General did not pronounce himself on the content of a specific agreement but on the principle that it is up to the two countries to define the nature and the content of the solution for this issue.
 
Regarding the report of Special Rapporteurs, the Secretary-General told the Prime Minister that Special Rapporteurs are experts that are independent and report directly to the Human Rights Council.