A contingent of Japanese troops landed on Monday, November 21, at South
Sudan, reports Reuters with reference to the official mission which in
Japan is criticized over new powers to the self-defense Forces, creating
the risk of relapse in the first after the Second world war military
The press service of the defense Ministry, the Agency reported that in the capital of South
Sudan city of Juba in the first half of the day profit 67 soldiers,
the remaining 63 had to fly in the afternoon.
The last group will arrive on 15 December, just the first batch
soldiers will be 350 people.
As reported by Japanese Agency Kyodo,
arrived about 60 130 military responsible for the safety of all
rest of engineering. The Minister of defense of Japan Tomomi Inada
stated that the mission of the Japanese contingent will start from December 12.
Japan has participated in UN peacekeeping activities in South Sudan with
2012 and October 2016, extended the term of Forces
self defense in South Sudan until the end of March 2017. Arrived
the contingent will replace the 350 peacekeepers already in South Sudan and
engaged in the construction of roads.
The soldiers will join the UN peacekeeping mission and help to create
the infrastructure in this poor, suffering from a civil war country.
Now, however, their powers are broader: in March 2015 in Japan
the law on security, which provided the self-defense Forces
the ability to respond to requests for assistance from other members
the UN mission and use weapons.
According to TASS, according to the law, under certain conditions the soldiers
can use weapons as part of UN peacekeeping operations, and
also use the right to collective with the United States and other
friendly countries self-defence in cases where they
not directly under attack.
Critics say the country risks for the first time in 70 years
to get involved in a military conflict.
A number of the UN mission in South Sudan is about 16 thousand people
By the end of August, the number of the UN mission in South Sudan
accounted for 13.7 thousand soldiers and police, as well as more than two
thousands of civilian employees and volunteers.
South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011. In December 2013
the South Sudanese capital Juba began armed clashes after
President Salva Kiir said that the country suffered a coup
coup. He blamed his organization
Vice-President Rijeka Mascara.
The conflict began between representatives of the dominant ethnic Dink
to which Salva Kiir, and the Nuer tribe, the descendant of which
is his former Deputy. During this time, 2.5 million people became
internally displaced persons, including 900 thousand, who left South
Sudan and moved to neighbouring countries.
In August 2015, Kiir and Machar signed a peace agreement, and in
January of this year, agreed to establish a transitional
the government of national unity. Despite this, in the capital
of the country in early July, renewed fighting and clashes, which
USA and Japan had to evacuate
some diplomats and charity workers from the country.