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Japan may send peacekeepers to Sudan

Japan’s policymakers are discussing the possibility of sending Self-Defense Force (SDF) personnel to participate in United Nations’ peacekeeping operations in Sudan, officials said. Should SDF troops be dispatched to Sudan they will carry out initial operations for U.N. peacekeeping forces such as monitoring the truce and disarmament. Due to their military nature, SDF forces have previously refrained from taking part in monitoring truce and disarmament missions. The law governing U.N. peacekeeping missions was revised in December 2001 to enable Japan’s SDF to take part in operations. Full Story

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