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Cabinet to approve “rush to the rescue” operations in South Sudan

  • November 15, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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All papers reported that the GOJ plans to officially approve today plans to allow SDF personnel bound for South Sudan on a UN peacekeeping mission to conduct “rush to the rescue” operations designed to assist UN officials and aid workers if they come under attack. The SDF members will also be allowed to defend their living quarters in cooperation with “collocated” foreign troops. Mainichi said although the GOJ is hopeful that the Japanese personnel will actually not be asked to conduct rush to the rescue operations since they belong to an engineering battalion, the UN regards them as soldiers capable of defending themselves and others without foreign assistance. 

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