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Jakarta Post

The soaring Garuda of peacekeeping

  • Curie Maharani

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 11 2012   /  08:00 am

The creation of a peacekeeping center in Bogor, West Java has become a symbol of Indonesia’s pride over its contribution to Peacekeeping Operations (PKO). But how far have we actually come and where are we headed?

Peacekeeping, by UN definition, is a technique designed to preserve peace, however fragile, where fighting has been halted, and to assist in implementing agreements achieved by peacemakers. It is believed to play a critical role in transition toward permanent peace. What differentiates peacekeeping from other missions is that it encompasses a wide spectrum of activities, such as Disarmament Demobilization and Repatriation (DDR) of combatants, Security Sector Reform (SSR) and electoral assistance to support the restoration of the state’s authority.

Although PKO is considered not as risky as peace-making because of the availability of consent/legitimacy, it dem...