Dispatch of Arms Monitors to the United Nations Political Mission in Nepal (UNMIN)
March 27, 2007
1. On March 27 (Tue), following a request from the United Nations (UN), the Government of Japan decided at a cabinet meeting to dispatch six arms monitors to the United Nations political mission in Nepal (UNMIN) on the basis of the International Peace Cooperation Law.
2. After continuous armed conflicts in Nepal between the government and the Maoists since 1996, both sides agreed on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement on November 21 last year.
On January 23 this year, following a request from the Government of Nepal and the Maoists, the UN Security Council decided to establish the UNMIN to monitor the management of arms and armed personnel. At the request of the UN, the Government of Japan decided to dispatch six officers of the Self Defense Forces as unarmed arms monitors on the basis of the International Peace Cooperation Law.
3. This dispatch will greatly contribute to further strengthening the bilateral relations between Japan and Nepal as assistance to the peace-building efforts in Nepal, and will play an important role in securing peace and stability in the South Asian region.