Juba, November 21, 2016 (SSNA) — Japanese peacekeepers from Japan Self-Defense Forces have arrived in South Sudan today (Monday), making Tokyo one of UN troop-contributing countries in war-torn South Sudan.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary committee early last week that Tokyo will send a combat-ready military unit to the young African nation and that the fully-equipped Japanese peacekeepers will respond to urgent calls from the UN personnel and employees of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) anywhere in South Sudan.
“South Sudan cannot assure its peace and stability on its own and for that very reason, a U.N. peacekeeping operation is being conducted. The SDF … is carrying out activities that only it can do in a tough environment,” Abe said last week.
The 350 contingent is mandated by recent Japanese law to use force to protect civilians, UN staff, aid workers, and themselves will replace the Japanese peacekeeping unit already serving under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
The government of Japan said its troops will also involve in construction and engineering works in and around South Sudan’s capital, Juba.