Senior U.N. official asks Japan to send police for peacekeeping operations


Atul Khare, undersecretary-general for field support at the U.N. Secretariat, on Friday called on Japan to send police for U.N.-led peacekeeping operations.

“I would request that your country consider again sending police officers” at an appropriate time to an appropriate country, Khare said after praising Japanese police that joined peacekeeping operations in Cambodia and East Timor.

Japanese police have been absent from U.N. peacekeeping operations since 2008, Khare told a news conference in Tokyo.

“It is very important for the world to learn about good Japanese policing, good Japanese investigation” and the koban police box system, he added.

Khare also welcomed the enactment of Japan’s national security legislation last year that allows the country’s Self-Defense Forces troops in peacekeeping operations to come to the aid of other participants at distant locations if they come under attack.

“Any effort by any country which enhances the safety and security of peacekeepers in general not only of their country but all the peacekeepers and thereby contributes to better maintenance of international peace and security is always (a) welcomed development,” he said.