Indonesia asks Lebanon, Israel to refrain from provocative moves

15:59, August 06, 2010      

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Indonesian lawmakers and international affairs experts said that as part of the United Nations' peacekeeping force, the country may help prevent possible violence from happening between Lebanese and Israeli troops in the border area following a clash that occurred on Tuesday, local media reported in Jakarta on Friday.

"Indonesian forces, as part of the UNIFIL United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon, are responsible for preventing any arms used by civilians in Lebanon," Tantowi Yahya, the Golkar Party lawmaker at the parliament said.

"It would be very reasonable for the (Indonesian) foreign affairs minister to talk to the Lebanese authority to maintain peace, and not to carry any provoking activities there," the lawmaker at the parliament's Commission I that oversees government 's foreign policy said.

Indria Samego, International Relations expert at Indonesia's think tank agency, the Habibie Center, said that being a peacemaker meant Indonesia should be active in conflict resolutions, although Indonesia only has diplomatic relations with Lebanon.

"As a peacemaker under the authority of the UN, we should not be passive. We must be able to lobby both sides to put everything on hold, and at least be rid of subjective interpretations," he was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying.

Indonesia which has deployed around 1,300 army, navy, air force personnel to the Blue Line, is part of the UNIFIL, along with Germany, Greece, Italy and Turkey, tasked to maintain peace in border area following the withdrawal of Israeli troops from South Lebanon after their occupancy for two decade.

Source: Xinhua


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