Japan on Monday 18/4/2017 started withdrawing its troops from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), ending up to five years of its peacekeeping mandate in the world’s youngest nation.
According Daniel Dickinson, the spokesperson for the U.N mission in the country confirmed that the first batch of the Japanese troops were expected to leave on Monday while the other two batches would follow later.
According to Dickinson, the Japanese contingent would leave in three batches after serving under UNMISS with dedication.
Mainly stationed South Sudan’s capital, Juba, the 350-strong Japanese military contingent helped in infrastructure construction.
Currently, there are more than 12,000 UN peacekeepers in South Sudan, who have often been criticized for failing to protect civilians in the war-torn nation.