The Jakarta Post
The Foreign Ministry released on Saturday an official statement on its website in response to the latest developments in Syria, following strikes led by the United States, the United Kingdom and France.
“Indonesia calls on all parties to show restraint and prevent the situation in Syria deteriorating further. Indonesia underlines the need for all parties to respect international law and norms, in particular the UN Charter on international peace and security,” stated the ministry on its official website.
The United States, the United Kingdom and France launched military strikes on April 14 in Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapon attack on civilians in Douma, outside Damascus, the week before. The strikes were also intended to warn President Bashar al-Assad’s regime against using chemical warfare.
Indonesia also aired its concerns for the safety of civilians and called for a comprehensive resolution to the conflict in Syria through negotiation and peaceful means.
“Indonesia also calls all parties to ensure the security and safety of civilians, in particular women and children, which must always be a priority,” the ministry said.
Earlier, the government had denounced the chemical weapon attack in Syria. The statement said it “strongly condemned the use of chemical weapons by any party in Syria”. (roi/evi)