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Jakarta Post

Indonesia ‘committed’ to greater PKO contributions

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 25 2019   /  02:20 am

Indonesia has committed to increasing the number of troops for United Nations peacekeeping missions overseas, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said in a recent meeting with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN undersecretary-general for peacekeeping operations (PKOs), on the sidelines of a UN Security Council open debate in New York.

As a top-10 contributor to UN peacekeeping forces, Indonesia has pledged to field 4,000 peacekeepers by the end of 2019. Part of its strategy is to send more women out to UN PKOs and send more of its Blue Helmet troops to flashpoints in the Middle East.

“Indonesia is ready to contribute in sending peacekeepers to Yemen. I also encouraged increasing the number of female peacekeepers for each mission,” Retno said after Tuesday’s meeting in a recorded statement received on Thursday.

During the meeting, Lacroix expressed his appreciation for Indon...