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Indonesian Blue Berets consistent

  • Fitri Bintang Timur
    Fitri Bintang Timur

    Researcher at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Centre for Strategic and International Studies

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Jakarta   /   Tue, May 30, 2017   /  02:05 pm
Indonesian Blue Berets consistent Indonesian peacekeepers with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) prepare to leave their base for a patrol near Al-Taybe, South Lebanon, 28 August 2009. In 2006, UNIFIL expanded its deployment to Southern Lebanon, a high-tension area near the Lebanon-Israel border (also known as the Blue Line), when the two countries resumed hostilities. (UN Photo/Pasqual Gorriz)

As Indonesia is among the major contributors to United Nations peacekeeping operations (UN PKO), cynics may say we are only in it for the money. However, on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on May 29, Indonesia has every rights to commemorate its contributions to the global operations. Since the 1950s the country has deployed its defense and security personnel to UN peace missions, notably through the Indonesian Garuda Contingent (Konga). The first Konga mission was in 1957 when the peacekeepers were assigned to assist the ending of the Suez Crisis in which Israel, the United Kingdom and France failed to regain control of the Suez Canal and to oust Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser. The 559-strong Konga was deployed to the border of Egypt and Israel and their mission finished successfully. Despite being largely absent under president Soeharto because of that regime&r...

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