Japan to Dispatch Ground Forces Engineers to South Sudan
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Tokyo- (PanOrient News) Japan today decided to dispatch Ground Self-Defense Force (JSDF) engineers of some 330 personnel to the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) to help rebuild South Sudan. They will work on improving infrastructure including maintenance and repair of roads at which they excel and in response to expectations from the United Nations.
A statement by the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said the engineering unit will join two Staff Officers previously dispatched there and a Staff Officer who will be in charge of planning and coordinating engineering activities to the Mission Support Division of UNMISS, will be dispatched at a later date.
In addition, Japan will dispatch a unit consisting of up to 40 JSDF personnel to South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, to support the engineering unit in the areas of transportation and supply, as well as coordinate with the relevant bodies such as the UN and South Sudanese government agencies, the statement said.
The statement noted that "South Sudan now faces the critical juncture of nation-building after the long civil war between the North and South Sudan, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) implementation and the following independence. The Government of Japan recognizes that peace and stability of South Sudan is important for the peace and stability of Africa, and that support for the nation-building and stability of South Sudan is one of the significant challenges for which the international community needs to work on cooperatively.”
The statement went on to say, "the Government of Japan, as a responsible member of the international community, will continue to cooperate with the international community and make proactive efforts toward the achievement of peace and stability in South Sudan."
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