South Sudan: Ban welcomes Japan’s contribution of engineers to UN mission


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed Japan’s decision to contribute an engineering company to the United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan, saying the unit will boost the mission’s capacity to assist the Government to build basic infrastructure and extend State authority.

The Japanese engineering company is scheduled to join the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in January, according to a statement issued by the spokesperson of the Secretary-General, UN News Service reports.
“The Secretary-General expresses his sincere gratitude for the strong commitment shown by Japan to peacekeeping and particularly acknowledges this contribution at a time when Japan is still recovering from the earthquake,” said the statement.

Japan was struck by a massive quake in March that triggered a devastating tsunami, which severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, prompting a radiation emergency.

UNMISS currently has a total of 5,600 uniformed personnel. Its authorized maximum strength is up to 7,000 military personnel and 900 police.