May 28, 2017
AOMORI - A Ground Self-Defense Force unit tried to bring a successful conclusion to Japan's participation in a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan that lasted for over five years, the leader of the unit said Saturday.
"We performed our duties to successfully end them," said Col. Yoshiro Tanaka, head of the 11th and final GSDF unit deployed to the civil war-torn African country.
"We are glad to have completed all assigned duties," he said at a press conference at the GSDF camp in the city of Aomori in northern Japan after the unit's final group returned from South Sudan.
"We hope that our activities have contributed to South Sudan's development," Tanaka noted. (Jiji Press)
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