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Indonesia to send monitoring team to South Philippine

27th June 2012 | 2.101 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government has decided to send at least 15 observers to monitor and help maintain the ceasefire brokered between the MILF and the Philippine government, said an official.

The delegation, to be part of the international monitoring team, includes 10 military personnel and five non-military members, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa announced in Jakarta on Wednesday, calling it "Indonesia`s contribution to world peace".

He said the decision was taken based on several important considerations.

It is the manifestation of Indonesia`s commitment to promote and strengthen relations between Indonesia and the Philippines, he maintained.

"The decision shows Indonesia`s commitment to the creation of a safe, stable and peaceful situation," he said, adding that Indonesia`s participation in the IMT would help spread the dialogue values and peace at the international level.

It would be the second time Indonesia has sent its monitors to the Philippines.

The first was from 1994 to 2002 when Indonesia sent observers at the invitation of the Philippine government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) to oversee the peace process.

The members will undergo training for two weeks at the Centre for Peacekeeping Mission (PMPP) of Indonesia Military.

They will leave for the Philippines on Saturday, June 30, for a period of one year, along with observers from Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Japan, Norway and the European Union.(*)