Extension of the Dispatch of the International Peace Cooperation Corps in South Sudan

October 16, 2012

  1. On October 16, the Government of Japan made a Cabinet decision to extend the term of the dispatch of the Self Defense Forces to the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) for another one year, until October 31, 2013. This Cabinet decision was made following the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2057 of July 5, 2012, which renewed the mandate of UNMISS for one year, until July 15, 2013.

  2. South Sudan now faces the critical juncture of nation-building after the long civil war between the north and South Sudan, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) implementation and the following independence. The Government of Japan recognizes that peace and stability of South Sudan is important for the peace and stability of Africa, and that support for the nation-building and stability of South Sudan is one of the significant challenges for which the international community needs to work on cooperatively.

  3. In response to requests from the UN and under the International Peace Cooperation Law, Japan has dispatched Self Defense Force (SDF) personnel to UNMISS since November 2011. Presently, an SDF engineering unit consisting of 326 personnel carries out the development of the grounds, the restoration of roads and other activities. In addition, 25 personnel stationed at the Coordination Center of Japan perform duties to liaise and coordinate with relevant organizations, and three staff officers stationed at the Headquarters perform duties such as logistics, intelligence and engineering.

  4. The Government of Japan, as a responsible member of the international community, remains committed in cooperating with the international community and making proactive efforts toward the achievement of peace and stability in South Sudan.
    • (* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)