Completion of the activities by the Japan’s Self-Defense Force personnel dispatched to the UNDOF

December 21, 2012

  1.  Japan has been contributing with a high reputation to the peace and stability of the Golan Heights since February 1996 by dispatching Self-Defense Force personnel as a transportation unit and staff officers (currently 44 officers and 3 officers respectively) to the United Nations Disengagement Observers Force (UNDOF), which plays a key part in the ceasefire and peace negotiations between Israel and Syrian Arab Republic.
  2.  Meanwhile, the situation in Syria which has kept on worsening due to the oppression and the violence for more than 21 months is affecting the UNDOF area of operations significantly, and as a consequence the activities of UNDOF has come to be adversely affected.
  3.  Considering the current situation on the ground, the Government of Japan has arrived at the understanding that it is difficult for both the Japanese transportation unit and the staff officers to continue playing a meaningful role within the mission while ensuring safety of the personnel and, therefore, decided to pull all personnel out of the UNDOF area of operations.
  4.  Despite the withdrawal from the UNDOF this time, Japan is committed to continuing to pursue active contribution to the peace and security of the international community including the Middle East region.
    • (* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)