Extension of the Dispatch of the International Peace Cooperation Corps in the Golan Heights

January 20, 2012

  1. On January 20, the Government of Japan made a Cabinet decision to extend the term of the dispatch of the Self-Defense Forces to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) for another six months, until September 30, 2012. This Cabinet decision was made following the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2012 of December 21, 2011, to renew the mandate of UNDOF for six months, until June 30, 2012.

  2. 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 peace talks.

  3. In response to requests from the UN and under the International Peace Cooperation Law, Japan has dispatched Self-Defense Forces (SDF) personnel to UNDOF since February 1996. Presently, a SDF 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.

  4. Japan, together with the international community, intends to continue providing utmost assistance for promoting the Middle East Peace Process.
    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)