Extension of the Term of the Dispatch of the Self Defense Force Engineer Group and Other Personnel to the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET)

June 20, 2003

  1. In accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1480, the mandate of the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), the UN Peacekeeping Operations established upon the independence of Timor-Leste (East Timor) on May 20 last year, has been extended to May 20, 2004. Following the extension, the Government of Japan decided at a Cabinet meeting to extend the term of the dispatch of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force Engineer Group and headquarters personnel currently dispatched as PKO personnel to UNMISET in accordance with the International Peace Cooperation Law.

  2. By this extension, the Engineer Group will continue to carry out such logistical support operations as the maintenance and repair of roads and bridges, and the headquarters personnel will continue to plan and coordinate in the UNMISET headquarters the operations conducted by the Engineer Group.

  3. 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 contribute to peace and security in Timor-Leste and in Asia as a whole. The Government further expects that the activities conducted by the Engineer Group personnel will diversify Japan's cooperation for the nation-building of Timor-Leste and further advance bilateral ties, as such activities will contribute to the building of important social infrastructure in Timor-Leste with, inter alia, the maintenance and repair of roads and bridges necessary for the UNMISET.
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