Extension of the Dispatch of the International Peace Cooperation Corps in the Golan Heights
July 24, 2009
- On July 24, the Government of Japan made a Cabinet decision to extend
the dispatch of the Self-Defense Forces to the United Nations Disengagement
Observer Force (UNDOF) for another six months.
- UNDOF, whose mandate includes monitoring the cease-fire between Israel
and Syria in the Golan Heights, the central issue of the peace talks between
the two countries, has been playing an important role in backing up the
- In response to requests from the UN and under the International Peace
Cooperation Law, Japan has dispatched a total of 1,190 Self-Defense Forces
personnel to UNDOF since February 1996. Presently, a Ground Self-Defense
Force unit consisting of 43 personnel carries out the transportation of
everyday necessities, the restoration of roads, and other activities. In
addition, three staff officers stationed at the Headquarters perform duties
such as public relations.
- Japan, together with the international community, intends to continue providing utmost assistance for promoting the Middle East Peace Process.