Over 1,200 marine personnel to secure OIC Extraordinary Meeting

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - A total of 1,277 personnel of the Indonesian Marine Corps have been readied to help secure the Extraordinary Meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jakarta on March 6 and 7.
Chief of the Marine command-2 Brig.Gen. (Marine) Hasanuddin led a rehearsal of the marine soldiers in Cilandak, South Jakarta, on Friday, as part of their preparation to secure the OICs gathering.
The marine security personnel will be led by its commander, Lt.Col. (Marine) Ena Sulaksana, "Antara" has learned.
According to him, the marine personnel, under the coordination of Jakarta Military Command, will merge with other security squads who will guard the ranking officials of the countries participating in the OIC summit in Jakarta.
Previously, Army headquarters had also expressed its readiness to deploy its personnel to help the police to secure the international gathering.
"We have been preparing (the personnel). This task is, of course, particularly aimed at securing the states guests," Armys spokesman, Brig.Gen. M Sabrar Fadhilah, said when visiting Antaras office here on Thursday (Feb 25).
Meanwhile, the Jakarta Military Command stated it will field as many as 3,600 soldiers in guarding the OICs Extraordinary Meeting on Palestine and Al Quds.
As the host of the meeting, Indonesia has invited 57 OIC member states and four observer states --- Thailand, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russia, and Republic of Central Africa --- along with the Quartet Group for Palestine-Israel Negotiation, comprising the United Nations, European Union, Russia, and the United States.
In the meantime, Palestinian Ambassador Fariz Mehdawi said his government hopes that the next months extraordinary summit meeting of the OIC in Jakarta would come up with something concrete to resolve the Palestinian conflict, including that over Jerusalem (Al Quds Al Sharif).
"The Indonesian government has shown leadership in calling for international efforts to seek a solution to the Palestinian and Jerusalem related conflicts. We are looking forward to the meeting of the leaders of Muslim countries," Fariz Mehdawi said here on last Friday.(*)