Japan to Send SDF Personnel to Non-U.N. Peacekeeping Force


Tokyo, Sept. 17 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is considering deploying Ground Self-Defense Force personnel to a multinational peacekeeping force that oversees the terms of the 1979 Egypt-Israel peace treaty, informed sources said Monday.

The move will mark Japan's first dispatch of SDF personnel to a multinational peacekeeping force that is not under U.N. command, made possible under new security laws that took effect in 2016 and expanded the scope of the SDF's activities overseas.

GSDF personnel will be sent to the command of the Multinational Force and Observers, or MFO, once safety is confirmed, the sources said.

The laws allow the SDF to participate in activities as part of non-U.N. peacekeeping missions overseas, including humanitarian and reconstruction assistance and the ensuring of peace, if requested by international organizations.

Such SDF dispatches are subject to the Japanese government's five principles that govern the country's participation into U.N. peacekeeping missions, including the existence of a ceasefire agreement among warring parties involved.

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