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DM Nakatani says GSDF will continue PKO in South Sudan

  • July 13, 2016
  • , Sankei , p. 5
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In a press conference on July 12, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani expressed his intention to keep the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) on the ground for the time being and continue its UN peacekeeping operation (PKO) in South Sudan, despite heightened tension there. “The five principles in participating in the PKO [five conditions for deploying the SDF to PKO overseas] remain intact,” said Nakatani. “The situation has not yet developed to the level for the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) to be suspended.”


The SDF has sent C-130 transport airplanes to Djibouti in east Africa for the evacuation of Japanese nationals there. The planes will arrive there as early as July 13. At the same time, the SDF is preparing to transport Japanese citizens by land in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.


“By placing priority on ensuring the safety of Japanese civilians in the country, we will take appropriate measures in accomplishing our mission,” said Nakatani.

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