BOGOR, INDONESIA (BNO NEWS) — Indonesia on Tuesday announced that it will be sending up to 10,000 soldiers to United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made the announcement during UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to the Southeast Asian country.
Yudhoyono, who is currently the only leader in the world to have served as a UN blue helmet, is hoping to bring Indonesia as one of the ten largest contributors to UN peacekeeping forces with the announcement.
Indonesia has been developing a peacekeeping mission center since 2010 in Citeureup, Sentul, Bogor, West Java and is expected to be completed in 2014. The center will also be a multiple training center to develop anti-terror units, natural disaster mitigation, among other things.
During his speech, Ban noted that Indonesia currently has some 2,000 Indonesian troops deployed in six of the most difficult UN missions – Lebanon, Haiti, Darfur (Sudan), Liberia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In total, 31 Indonesian soldiers have while serving in the UN.
Ban mourned their deaths and expressed his ‘deepest admiration and respect’ for Yudhoyono’s commitment and contribution to ‘the peace and security of the world.’