Extension of the Dispatch of the International Peace Cooperation Corps in Haiti for the Peace Keeping Operation (PKO)
November 16, 2010
- On November 16 (Tue), the Government of Japan made a cabinet decision to extend the dispatch of Self-Defense Forces (SDF) units and their personnel, to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for another fourteen months, and to add the task of medical care including sanitation measures into its implementation plan.
- MINUSTAH has been operating in Haiti since 2004, focused on ensuring a secure and stable environment as its main mandate. On October 14, 2010, the United Nations Security Council decided the extension of its mandate for one year, until October 15, 2011.
- Japan has been engaged in removal of rubble, ground leveling, road repairs, construction of small facilities, and other activities. It is important that Japan keeps dispatching personnel for recovery, reconstruction, and stabilization of Haiti.
- Furthermore, in response to the outbreak of cholera in central Haiti in the middle of October, Japan added the task of medical care including sanitation measures into its implementation plan to allow the SDF units to participate in disease control measures implemented by MINUSTAH.
- Japan, together with the international community, will continue to provide as much support as possible to Haiti’s efforts toward recovery, reconstruction, and stabilization.