Japan extends dispatch to UN mission HQ in S. Sudan

TOKYO, The Japanese government decided on Friday to extend the dispatch of four Self-Defense Force (SDF) officers to the UN mission’s command in South Sudan by another year to take part in UN peacekeeping operations there, the Foreign Ministry said.

The extension, until the end of May next year, was approved at a Cabinet meeting earlier in the day. The announcement comes after the UN Security Council adopted resolution in March, which extended the mandate of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMISS) until 15 March 2020, the ministry said in a statement.

South Sudan gained independence in 2011 after a long civil war between northern and southern Sudan and the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. In the country, the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict was signed last September and all relevant parties have made efforts to implement the deal peacefully.

“The international community needs to remain united in continuing its support for these efforts, including urging the parties in South Sudan to implement the agreement,” the ministry said.

Since November 2011, Japan has dispatched GSDF engineering personnel to UNMISS. It withdrew an engineering unit in 2017, but continued the deployment of four staff officers at the headquarters of the UN mission to engage in logistics, intelligence, engineer, and air operations.

Source: Kuwait News Agency