World Bulletin / News Desk
UNMISS spokesman Daniel Dickinson told a local radio on Monday that the first batch is expected to leave on Monday and the other two would follow later.
“Some contingents of Japanese troops will begin their pullout Monday, the rest will systematically follow. We appreciate their efforts and their services and dedication to the people of South Sudan,” he said.
Japan started contributing with 350 strong military contingents to the UN mission in South Sudan in 2012 to assist in construction of roads and other infrastructure.
The Japanese government announced the withdrawal of its troops from UN mission in South Sudan in March, just four months after the Japanese government decided to assign the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) personnel the new role.
They were given a role of coming to the aid of others in the event of an attack following renewed clashes in the capital of Juba between South Sudanese rival forces last July that left 300 people dead including two China peacekeepers.
The security situation in troubled East African nation has been heavily debated in the Japanese parliament, as GSDF members are not allowed by their constitution to engage in combat activities as part of what the government calls “an international armed conflict”.
Since 2013, South Sudan has been torn mired in deadly conflict between government troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels backing former Vice President Riek Machar. Fighting since has torn the country along ethnic lines, killing tens of thousands and displacing three million from their homes.
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US-led NATO troops have been at war in Afghanistan since 2001, after the ousting of the Taliban regime for refusing to hand over Osama bin Laden following the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
The two countries have been in a security alliance since the 1950-53 Korean war, and more than 28,000 US troops are stationed in the South.
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From January to March, 210 children were killed -- up 17 percent from the same period last year -- and 525 injured, out of a total of 2,181 civilian casualties (715 dead and 1,466 injured).
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