Dispatch of International Peace Cooperation Corps Members to the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT)

September 10, 2010

  1. At the request of the United Nations and following a Cabinet decision on the matter, Japan will dispatch two officials (unarmed) from the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to Timor-Leste to act as military liaison officers for the cease-fire monitoring operation.

  2. Japan has been making proactive contributions to nation building efforts in Timor-Leste from the viewpoint that peace and stability in the country is crucial for the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. Contributions include initiatives such as the dispatch of SDF and civilian police officers and election observers, as well as economic cooperation totaling more than 25 billion JPY. These contributions have been made since before the independence of the country and have been highly appreciated by the relevant parties of the country.

  3. This dispatch of military liaison officers to the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) is further contribution to nation building efforts in the country. It will assist in improving the opinion of the international community regarding Japan’s contributions to peacebuilding.

  4. Japan will continue to cooperate with the international community and make proactive efforts toward the realization of peace and stability in Timor-Leste.