Ja­pa­ne­se troops land in South Su­dan

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

JA­PAN - A con­tin­gent of Ja­pa­ne­se troops land­ed in South Su­dan, yes­ter­day, an of­fi­ci­al said - a mis­si­on that cri­tics say could see them em­broi­led in their coun­try’s first over­seas figh­ting sin­ce World War Two.

The sol­diers will join U.N. pea­ce­kee­pers and help build in­fra­struc­tu­re in the land­lock­ed and im­po­ve­ris­hed coun­try torn apart by ye­ars of ci­vil war. But, un­der new po­wers gran­ted by their govern­ment last year, they will be al­lo­wed to res­pond to ur­gent calls for help from U.N. staff and aid wor­kers. The­re are al­so plans to let them gu­ard U.N. ba­ses, which ha­ve been at­tack­ed du­ring the figh­ting. The de­ploy­ment of 350 sol­diers is in li­ne with Ja­pa­ne­se se­cu­ri­ty le­gis­la­ti­on to ex­pand the mi­li­ta­ry’s role over­seas. Cri­tics in Ja­pan ha­ve said the mo­ve risks pul­ling the troops in­to con­flict for the first ti­me in mo­re than se­ven de­ca­des. Tsuy­o­s­hi Hi­guchi, from the mi­li­ta­ry’s in­for­ma­ti­on de­part­ment, told Reu­ters in Ju­ba that 67 troops ar­ri­ved in the mor­ning whi­le ano­ther 63 we­re ex­pec­ted to land in the af­ter­noon. The last of the 350 are ex­pec­ted to ar­ri­ve on Dec. 15, he said. South Su­dan se­ce­ded from Su­dan in 2011 - a de­vel­op­ment gree­ted at the ti­me with mass ce­le­bra­ti­ons in the oil-pro­du­cing sta­te. Aid agen­cies and world po­wers pro­mi­sed sup­port. But figh­ting, lar­ge­ly along eth­nic li­nes, erup­ted in 2013 af­ter Pre­si­dent Sal­va Ki­ir sack­ed his long­ti­me po­li­ti­cal ri­val Riek Ma­char from the post of vi­ce pre­si­dent.

(Reu­ters.com)

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