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RI dispatches peacekeeping mission to Sudan

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang   /   Sat, April 27, 2013   /  07:35 pm
RI dispatches peacekeeping mission to Sudan

Ready to serve. One hundred and twenty military personnel from the Indonesian Army (TNI-AD) are ready to join United Nations peacekeeping operations in Darfur, Sudan. The Garuda XXXV-A contingent is scheduled to depart in July for the mission. (JP/Suherdjoko)

The Indonesian Army (TNI-AD) will dispatch a peacekeeping force to Darfur, Sudan to join with United Nations peacekeeping operations in that conflict area.

The Garuda XXXV-A contingent will join with United African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), a UN and African Union joint force, which will begin their one year mission in July.

'€œThis is the first time Indonesia has been involved in UN peacekeeping operations using helicopters,'€ said TNI-AD chief Gen. Pramono Edhie Wibowo while inspecting the readiness of the mission'€™s personnel and weaponry, as well as helicopters, at a TNI-AD air base in Semarang, Central Java, on Saturday.

Pramono said that in its previous peacekeeping missions, the Indonesian contingent had never brought helicopters.

'€œThis is the first time the UN has given Indonesian military personnel the trust to bring helicopters into a mission,'€ he said. The three Mi-17 V-5-type helicopters will be brought to Sudan using an Antonov aircraft.

'€œIn the eyes of the world, the reputation of Indonesian peacekeeping missions has always been good. Therefore, [the soldiers] must maintain this good reputation,'€ said Pramono.

Garuda XXXV-A contingent commander Lt. Col. Eko Priyanto said the contingent comprised 120 personnel, two of which were female. The contingent would be equipped with three M1-17 V-5-type helicopters with fully-installed weaponry systems, belonging to the TNI-AD.

'€œEach helicopter will be operated by two pilots and two co-pilots. All personnel are ready for the mission,'€ said Eko, adding that the peacekeeping force should be able to operate the helicopters in all conditions, including during evacuations and search and rescue operations. (ebf)

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