1. Japan has dispatched Headquarters staff personnel since November 2011 and Ground Self Defense Force engineering unit to UNMISS (United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan) from January 2012 to May 2017. Japan continues to dispatch 4 staff officers (Logistics, Intelligence, Engineer, and Air Operations) to the Mission.
South Sudan gained independence in July 2011 after a long civil war between the northern and the southern Sudan and the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). In South Sudan, the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was signed in September 2018 and all the relevant parties have made efforts to implement R-ARCSS 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.
Against this background, on 15 March 2019, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2459 (2019), which extended the mandate of UNMISS until 15 March 2020.
In relation to this, the Government of Japan decided to revise the Implementation Plan for the International Peace Cooperation Assignments in South Sudan to extend its period.
According to the International Peace Corporation Law Article 7 (i) and (ⅲ), the contents pertaining to the revision and the status of implementation will be reported to the Diet.
2. Major Points of Revision are following.
[Period of the Implementation Plan]
- Current: till 31 May 2019
- After Revision: till 31 May 2020 (1 year extension)