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Jakarta Post

Quo vadis Indonesian peacekeeping?

  • Bagus Jatmiko

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 29 2012   /  09:06 am

International Peacekeepers’ Day has been celebrated annually every May 29 since 2003. The day is commemorated to honor the extraordinary contribution of the men and women who have participated in peacekeeping missions across the world.

For Indonesia, the commemoration should serve as a momentum to reconfirm its aspiration as a well-respected nation in international forums through its deployment of peacekeeping troops under the UN flag.

Throughout the history of deployment of the Garuda Contingent — after which Indonesia’s peacekeeping force is named — Indonesia’s role in peace missions is quite outstanding because we have contributed to every peacekeeping operation since our first mission in Egypt in 1957 up to the present day. Indonesian peacekeepers have served in many parts of the world, ranging from Lebanon to Haiti.

Deployments are in line with Indones...