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Yudhoyono offers Gaza peacekeepers

  • Erwida Maulia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 18 2009   /  10:47 am

Indonesia has offered to send a peacekeeping mission to the Gaza Strip should Israel and Hamas agree on an immediate cease-fire sought by the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Saturday he had sent a letter to the UN regarding the offer.
While urging the UN to put an end to three weeks of violence which has killed over 1,200 people, the President said Indonesia was ready to move its military peacekeepers from their UN duty on the Lebanon-Israel border to Gaza.  
“We have been urging the UN to immediately impose a cease-fire. Should it happen, we are ready to dispatch our military troops to ensure there will be no more strikes in Gaza. I am asking for people’s support regarding this matter,” Yudhoyono said in his speech marking the eighth anniversary of the National Alms Management Body (Baznas)....