Indonesia sends 140 policemen to Sudan on peace mission

16:37, October 13, 2010      

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Indonesian National Police have sent 140 policemen to Sudan to join United Nations' troops to restore peace in conflict area, Deputy Police Chief Jusuf Manggabarani said here Wednesday.

The policemen would be deployed on Oct. 15, with the task of protecting internally displaced persons, conducting patrol and training Sudanese police personnel, said Manggabarani.

"We have prepared these policemen to conduct tasks in conflict area. They have been also trained for mastering Arabic language and English," he said at the police headquarters here.

The policemen also had other skills, including mechanic skills, water treatment and healthcare, he said.

They would be stationed there for one year, said Manggabarani

Another senior police officer, Boy Salamun, said that the policemen would also help secure the United Nations' vital facilities and the distribution of humanitarian aids.

Indonesia, with free and active foreign policy, has long been engaged in the United Nations peace mission in the Middle East and Africa.

The Indonesian government has sent thousands of troops under the United Nations coordination to maintain peace.



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