RI Expresses Concern over Escalating Tension on Lebanon-Israel Border

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 02 September 2019 15:13 WIB
    RI Expresses Concern over Escalating Tension on Lebanon-Israel Border
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    Jakarta: The Indonesian government expressed concern over the escalation of hostility that occured on the Lebanese-Israeli southern border.

    The Indonesia government all parties to excercise restraint. It also warned Israel and Hezbollah to avoid any action that can increase tension.

    "All Indonesian citizens and UN Peacekeeping Forces from Indonesia in Lebanon are safe," the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said on its official twitter account on Monday, September 2, 2019.

    Indonesia's contribution to the UN peacekeeping missions began in 1957, when Indonesia sent 559 infantry personnel as part of the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) in Sinai. 

    It was followed by the contribution of 1,074 infantry personnel (1960) and 3,457 infantry personnel (1962), as part of the United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC) in the Republic of the Congo.

    Currently, the number of Indonesian personnel serving in various UN peacekeeping missions is 3,544 personnel, including 94 female personnel.  

    The Garuda Contingent's personnel and troops are on duty at eight peacekeeping missions, namely UNIFIL (Lebanon), UNAMID (Darfur, Sudan), MINUSCA (Central African Republic), MONUSCO (Democratic Republic of Congo), MINUSMA (Mali), MINURSO (Sahara West), UNMISS (South Sudan), and UNISFA (Abyei, Sudan).




    (WAH)

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