Exchange of Notes between the Government of Japan and the United Nations concerning Airlift Supports by the Japan Self-Defense Forces for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

August 29, 2006

  1. The Exchange of Notes concerning the airlift supports by the Japan Self-Defense Forces for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) took place on August 29 (Tue) (local time: 28 (Mon)) in New York between Mr. Kenzo Oshima, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, and Ms. Jane Holl Lute, Assistant Secretary-General, Department of Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations.
  2. When UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan visited Japan in May this year, Mr. Annan requested Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to provide airlift supports for UN's personnel and equipment, to which Mr. Koizumi replied that he would positively consider and respond in a favorable manner. Prompted by this exchange, as expressed in the Statement by the Prime Minister in June this year on the redeployment of the Ground Self-Defense Force troops, Japan decided to maintain the activities of the Air Self-Defense Forces and has reached a decision to newly provide airlift supports to Baghdad and Erbil.
  3. This agreement stipulates procedures and conditions for the Air Self-Defense Forces in carrying out airlift supports for the UN, and with this Exchange of Notes, airlift supports for the UN will begin shortly.
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