Disputed islands 'age-old Japanese territory': Japan

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The islands in a dispute with Russia known in Japan as the Northern Territories are "age-old Japanese territory", Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara said Friday after meeting his Russian counterpart.

"The Northern Territories are age-old Japanese territory," he said. "This can be said from the point of view of history, and from the point of view taken on the international level," he said.

"Our positions are still parallel," Maehara said, indicating no progress had been made to quell the flaring tensions over the Pacific islands in the talks with Sergei Lavrov.

© 2011 AFP

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