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

April 17, 2012

  1. On April 17, the Government of Japan made a Cabinet decision to extend the term of the dispatch of two officials from the Self-Defense Forces to the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) for another ten months, until February 28, 2013. This Cabinet decision was made following the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2037 of February 23, 2012, to renew the mandate of UNMIT for ten months, until December 31, 2012.

  2. UNMIT, whose mandate includes consolidating stability and enhancing a culture of democratic governance, supporting the review and reform of the security and judiciary sector, supporting the capacity-building of the national police of Timor-Leste (Policia Nacional de Timor-Leste, PNTL), 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 for the ceasefire monitoring operation since September 2010.

  4. Japan, together with the international community, intends to continue its proactive efforts toward the realization of peace and stability in Timor-Leste.
    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)