Sudan

Cooperation to provide materials for the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS)

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1. In response to a request from the United Nations, the Government of Japan decided on July 29 (Fri) to donate 27 four-wheeled vehicles, 60 landmine detection devices and 20 large tents, as well as the services needed to deliver them, necessary to support the activities of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).

2. In the wake of the domestic conflict which continued for more than 20 years, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was reached in Sudan in January this year, followed by the establishment of the UNMIS in March. The UNMIS is preparing to begin full-scale activities. The materials that Japan is going to provide will be used mainly for the activities of the African units participating in the UNMIS.

3. The Government of Japan decided at a Cabinet meeting on this cooperation to provide materials for UNMIS activities, based on the International Peace Cooperation Law, from the viewpoint of promoting regional peace-building efforts by supporting the cooperation of African countries for the peace process in Sudan.

4. As part of its assistance for Sudan, the Government of Japan recently made a decision on July 26 (Tue) to extend food aid through the World Food Programme (WFP) for the returning displaced persons in the southern part of Sudan (530 million yen), and grant assistance for conflict-afflicted people (100 million yen), through the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).