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Inada comments on SDF mission in South Sudan

  • November 24, 2016
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20161128 morning2Thursday’s Asahi published an interview with Defense Minister Inada on the ongoing SDF peacekeeping operations in South Sudan. As for “rush to the rescue” operations, the defense chief dismissed the possibility of Japanese personnel assisting foreign troops in danger because SDF personnel are performing “engineering” tasks. “Foreign troops should be protected by South Sudanese and UN troops,” she said. The minister also emphasized that the Japanese peacekeepers would be withdrawn if a situation occurred in which they were unable to leave their camp in Juba for engineering work for extended periods due to intense combat between the government and opposition forces.

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