Japan to send 2 defense force members to U.N. mission in E. Timor

TOKYO, Sept. 10 (AP) - (Kyodo)—The Japanese government decided Friday to dispatch two unarmed members of the Self-Defense Forces as liaison staff to a U.N. peacekeeping mission in East Timor to monitor the halt of armed conflicts in the country.

The SDF personnel will be sent to the U.N. Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste at the request of the United Nations. Even after achieving independence from Indonesia in 2002, the Southeast Asian country has been struggling to achieve stability with the help of the U.N. peacekeeping mission.

Japan last dispatched a large peacekeeper contingent for operations in East Timor from 2002 to 2004.Tokyo has also provided Dili with civilian police officers, election monitors and more than 25 billion yen in financial aid, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

Source: breitbart.com

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