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Jakarta Post

RI ready to send observers to Cambodia, Thailand

  • Nani Afrida and Novan Iman Santosa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 17 2012   /  10:00 am

Indonesia will send military observers to mediate a territorial dispute between Thailand and Cambodia as the two countries have agreed to ask for Indonesia’s assistance.

Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiatoro said on Monday that the Indonesian foreign minister had told him about the plan.

“We have done some preparations since last year and we will send those observers soon,” he told a press conference after a leadership meeting at the ministry.

He added that last year Cambodia had agreed to involve Indonesia in mediating the dispute, but that Thailand did not respond due to a change in government.

“Now, both countries have agreed and what we need is to prepare our human resources,” he said.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Adm. Agus Suhartono said that the standard operational procedure (SOP) and term of reference (TOR) had been changed...