Assistance to the Chadian Police for Humanitarian Protection

December 14, 2007

  1. On Friday, December14, 2007, in view of the current dire humanitarian situation of refugee camps in eastern Chad caused by the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan and violent clashes in Chad, and also in response to an urgent request from the United Nations, the Government of Japan decided to provide assistance amounting to approximately 2.2 million US dollars in order to launch the activities of the Chadian Police for Humanitarian Protection (PTPH), the concept of which was endorsed by the United Nations Security Council in September.
     
  2. The assistance by Japan will be utilized to provide facilities and equipment necessary for the establishment of the PTPH headquarters in N’Djamena and an academy to train Chadian police personnel. Those trained in the academy will be dispatched to eastern Chad, under the supervision of UN police officers, to provide security and protection for refugees and internally displaced persons living in a dozen camps along the border with Sudan. It is the hope of Japan that this assistance will contribute to peace and stability in Chad and neighboring countries, including Sudan.
     
  3. Consolidation of peace and peacebuilding in Africa is one of the important issues discussed at G8 Summits and the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). Japan, which will host both the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit and TICAD IV in Yokohama next year, believes that this latest assistance it is providing will make a significant contribution to the enhancement of African capacities in the area of peacekeeping.
  4. Note: The idea of the Chadian Police for Humanitarian Protection (Police tchadienne pour la protection humanitaire: PTPH) was approved by the United Nations Security Council in its resolution 1778 of September 25, 2007, as one of the components of a multidimensional presence in Chad and the Central African Republic, together with a European Union operation (EUROFOR TCHA/RCA) and a UN peacekeeping mission, the United Nation Mission in Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT).

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