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

February 9, 2016

1. Japan has dispatched Headquarters staff personnel and Ground Self Defense Force engineering unit to UNMISS (United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan) since November 2011 and January 2012 respectively.

South Sudan gained independence in July 2011 after the long civil war between the north and the south Sudan and the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Four and a half years have passed since its independence, and currently domestic political disorder is a great challenge to the nation-building of South Sudan. The Government of Japan recognizes that the peace and stability of South Sudan is important for the peace and stability of Africa, and that the international community needs to work cooperatively on this issue.

On 15 December 2015, the Security Council adopted Resolution 2252, which extended the mandate of UNMISS until 31 July 2016.

In relation to this, the Government of Japan decided to revise the Implementation Plans for International Peace Cooperation Assignments and extend its period.

According to the International Peace Corporation Law Article 7 (i) and (ⅲ), the Prime Minister will report the contents pertaining to the revision and the status of implementation to the Diet.

2. Major Points of Revision are following.

Extension of the Period

  • Current : 29 Feb 2016
  • After Revision : 31 Oct 2016(8 months extension)

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