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Indonesia to send peacekeeping battalion to Darfur

  • Nani Afrida

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 8 2012   /  08:46 am

The Indonesian Military [TNI] will send a battalion of peacekeepers to Darfur, Sudan, to keep the peace amid rebel and tribal fighting in the African nation, a TNI general has said.

“The UN has asked for one battalion of our peacekeeping troops for Darfur, and of course we are ready for the request,” Indonesian Peacekeeping Center chief Brig. Gen. Imam Edy Mulyono told The Jakarta Post in his office in Cilangkap, East Jakarta on Thursday.

According to Imam, the TNI currently has five observers and a staff officer in Darfur and three observers in South Sudan.

The UN has previously said that 2.7 million people were driven from their homes in Darfur after years of fighting between ethnic African rebels, government forces and Arab militias.

The conflict broke out in 2003, when two rival groups, the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Eq...