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

April 8, 2011

  1. On April 8, the Government of Japan made a cabinet decision to extend the dispatch of two officials from the Self-Defense Forces to the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) for another twelve months.

  2. UNMIT, whose mandate includes the maintenance of the public security, the capacity-building of the PNTL (Policia Nacional de Timor-Leste),and supporting the preparation of the parliamentary and presidential elections in 2012, has been playing an important role in peace and stability of Timor-Leste.

  3. In response to requests from the UN and under the International Peace Cooperation Law, Japan has dispatched 2 officials of the Self-Defense Forces to UNMIT as military liaison officers since September 2010 for the cease-fire monitoring operation. Since March this year, Japan has dispatched the first female officer as a military liaison officer

  4. Japan will continue to cooperate with the international community and make proactive efforts toward realization of peace and stability in Timor-Leste.
    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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