Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Donors pledge millions at Uganda refugee summit

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Depp plumbs depths of bad taste

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

France's new frontman, America's absent center, May's Brexit gambit, Saudi royal reshuffle, after Mosul & Raqqa fall

Read more

REVISITED

Senegal’s Casamance hopes for new era of peace

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

FARC disarmament a 'historic day' for Colombia, says president

Read more

FASHION

Cruise collections: All aboard for Dior and Chanel's latest fashions

Read more

ENCORE!

Colombia comes to France

Read more

#THE 51%

The last taboo: Helping women and girls. Period.

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Who benefits when the ice caps melt?

Read more

Asia-pacific

Japan ends refuelling mission supporting coalition forces

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-01-15

Japan officially ended its naval refuelling mission that supported coalition ships mobilised in the Afghanistan war since 2001. Tokyo pledged instead to step up reconstruction aid to the war-ravaged country.

AFP - Japan's defence minister on Friday ordered the end of a naval refuelling mission in the Indian Ocean that has supported the US-led war in Afghanistan since 2001, his ministry said.
  
"The defence minister issued an order at 11:00 am (0200 GMT) today to the fleet commander to end refuelling activity in the Indian Ocean at 12:00 pm on January 15 and to send the troops home," the ministry said in a statement.
  
The move fulfils a pledge by Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's centre-left government, which took office in September vowing a less subservient relationship with security partner the United States.
  
Shortly before issuing the order, Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa told reporters that the two-ship mission would perform its last refuelling operation later Friday before heading back.
  
Japan has supplied oil and water to vessels from 11 countries that have joined international forces in Afghanistan.
  
With the end of the refuelling mission, Hatoyama pledged that Japan would instead step up aid to Afghanistan, offering five billion dollars over the next five years to help rebuild the war-torn nation.

Date created : 2010-01-15

COMMENT(S)