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South Sudan:Japan mulling over sending S.Sudan peacekeepers

Monday, August 8, 2011

Laaska News  August 8,2011

Japan’s Defense Ministry will soon start a field study in South Sudan, so it can decide whether or not to send Self-Defense Forces to the country for a peace-keeping mission, as requested by the Untied Nations.

South Sudan became independent in July, putting an end to nearly 2 decades of conflict between the mainly Arab Muslim government in the north and the mainly African Christians in the south.

The United Nations has decided to send 8,000 peacekeepers to South Sudan, and has asked Japan to send Self-Defense Forces to help the nation build infrastructure, such as roads and bridges.

NHK has learned that the Defense Ministry, along with other ministries, will send a team of experts to South Sudan by the end of August to study security and road conditions.

After hearing from the team, the ministry will make a final decision on whether or not to send Ground Self-Defense Force troops as peacekeepers.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, who is visiting Japan, is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Monday afternoon. During the meeting, Ban is expected to again ask Japan to send peacekeepers to the country.
NHK.

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