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Revision of the Implementation Plan for the International Peace Cooperation Assignments in South Sudan

May 21, 2021

At cabinet meeting on May 21, 2021, the Government of Japan decided to revise the Implementation Plan for the International Peace Cooperation Assignments in South Sudan to extend its period for one year, in light of the significance of continuing dispatch described below. According to the International Peace Cooperation Law Article 7 (i) and (iii), the contents of the Implementation Plan pertaining to the revision and the status of implementation of assignments during the period prior to the revision will be reported to the Diet.

  1. Japan has dispatched Headquarters staff personnel to the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) since November 2011 and 4 staff officers are currently in charge of planning and coordination in areas of logistics, database, engineering, and air operations at the Headquarters of the Mission in Juba. In addition, Ground Self Defense Force engineering unit was dispatched from January 2012 to May 2017.
    On March 12, 2021, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2567 (2021), which extended the mandate of UNMISS until March15, 2022.
    The dispatch of Headquarters staff personnel to UNMISS is intended to support the progress of the peace process in South Sudan together with the international community, and is one example of Japan's "Proactive Contribution to Peace." In addition, from the perspective of maintaining close engagement with the United Nations, cooperation with African countries in the vicinity of South Sudan, and ensuring opportunities for human resource development, it is significant for Japan to continue the dispatch.
  2. The point of revision is as follows.
  • Period of the Implementation Plan
    • Current: till 31 May 2021
    • After Revision: till 31 May 2022 (1 year extension)
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