The Dispatch of a Self Defense Force Engineer Group and other personnel to the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET)

May 21, 2002

  1. The Government of Japan has decided at a Cabinet meeting to dispatch a Japan Ground Self Defense Force Engineer Group of 680 members and ten headquarters personnel to the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET) in accordance with the International Peace Cooperation Law. The new UN mission was established upon the independence of East Timor.

  2. By this decision, the Engineer Group and headquarters personnel dispatched to the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) was reassigned to UNMISET. As the military sector of UNMISET is given the same mandate with that of UNTAET, the Engineer Group and other personnel will continue to carry out such logistical support operations as the maintenance and repair of roads and bridges in the central and western regions of the country and in Oecussi enclave in West Timor, Indonesia. The headquarters personnel will also continue to plan and coordinate in the UNMISET headquarters the operations conducted by the Engineer Group.

  3. The continued dispatch of the Self Defense Force Engineer Group and headquarters personnel is one of the largest troop contribution from Japan to UN PKO (Peacekeeping Operations). The number of Japanese personnel in the field operations of UN PKOs totals 733 as of April 30, including National Support Elements (NSEs). The number ranks 17th in 85 troop contributing countries to UN PKOs and the largest among the G8 countries.

  4. The activities conducted by the Engineer Group and headquarters personnel are a part of Japan's active cooperation to the efforts of the international community centering on the UN for global peace and security. The Government of Japan expects that such activities will add to East Timor's peace and security and those of Asia as a whole. The Government further expects that the activities conducted by the Engineer Group personnel are to make Japan's cooperation with East Timor more diverse and to further advance bilateral ties, as such activities are to contribute to the building of important social infrastructure in East Timor with, inter alia, maintenance and repair of roads and bridges necessary for UNMISET.
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