Ja­panese de­fence min­is­ter in South Su­dan over UN peace­keep­ers

About 350 Ja­panese peace­keep­ers take part in the United Na­tions mis­sion in South Su­dan.

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Ja­panese De­fence Min­is­ter To­momi Inada has vis­ited trou­bled South Su­dan as her coun­try considers whether to give its peace­keep­ers broader abil­i­ties to use force. About 350 Ja­panese peace­keep­ers take part in the United Na­tions mis­sion there. Ja­panese me­dia re­ports say the de­fence min­istry is con­sid­er­ing send­ing peace­keep­ers who would be able to un­der­take risky res­cue mis­sions in South Su­dan.

Af­ter meet­ing with UN of­fi­cials, Inada did not ad­dress that in her English-lan­guage re­marks. More than 12,000 UN peace­keep­ers are in South Su­dan, and they have been crit­i­cized re­peat­edly for fail­ing pro­tect civil­ians, most re­cently when fight­ing erupted in the cap­i­tal in July. Tens of thou­sands have died since civil war be­gan in De­cem­ber 2013, and fight­ing has con­tin­ued de­spite a peace deal reached last year.

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