Indonesia to send more peacekeeping forces to Haiti: Brigadier General

08:16, June 08, 2011      

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An Indonesian armed forces senior officer said on Tuesday that the country would send 167 troops for a mission in Haiti this year under the command of United Nations Peacekeeping mission.

Head of Indonesian army's troops for UN's peacekeeping missions Brigadier General I Gede Sumertha, said that the plan to send more troops for peace mission in Haiti was under the requirement from the UN after it sent an advanced team that consisted of ten police to Haiti last year.

"Troops that will be sent to Haiti would be originated from the land forces unit," Sumertha said here.

He said that the government has accepted the UN peacekeeping mission's demand of deployment of more Indonesian troops in Haiti.

As of now, 1,800 Indonesian troops are serving in UN peacekeeping missions in Lebanon, Congo, Sudan, Haiti and Sierra Leone, among others.

Indonesia is ranked at 17th in terms of number of troops dispatched to UN peacekeeping missions.

Source: Xinhua
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