Two Decades of International Cooperation:
International Peace Cooperation Currently Underway

UNMIT personnel replacements

Members of the 3rd Unit being sent off with a round of hearty applause
Members of the 3rd Unit being sent off with a round of hearty applause

The MOD initially has dispatched two GSDF personnel as military liaison officers to the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) to monitor the compliance with the cease of armed conflict in Timor-Leste since September 2010 following its independence. Those officials were replaced in September 2011, and now the third replacement is to be made. The third detachment will continue to report the security conditions in border areas and villages to the PKO headquarters.

Japan’s operations at the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) headquarters concluded and the sixth detachment returned home

Member of the 6th Unit being welcomed with a round of hearty applause
Member of the 6th Unit being welcomed with a round of hearty applause

In accordance with the completion of operations at the UNMIS , Captain Ko Kusaka and Major Masahide Kimura, who had been dispatched as the sixth staff officers, returned to Japan on July 25 and September 29, respectively.

A total of 12 personnel have participated in activities on the ground over the course of two years and 11 months, contributing to the United Nations’ peacekeeping operations in Sudan, which was assisting the implementation of the peace agreement signed by the Sudanese Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement. The mission has now been completed.

Defense Minister issues orders to prepare dispatch of GSDF unit to UNMISS

On November 1, the government decided that preparations would be made for dispatching a GSDF engineer unit to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) based on the International Peace Cooperation Law, and the same day Defense Minister Ichikawa issued orders to make preparations. In a press conference after issuing the order, Defense Minister Ichikawa commented that, “We have received a strong request from the government of South Sudan and United Nations. Japan is highly expected. We intend to ensure that proper preparations are made so that we can fulfill our responsibility.” Units are expected to be deployed in a sequential manner to Juba and surrounding areas starting next January, where they will aim to contribute to building the newly independent country.

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