Indonesia condemns Israeli attacks on Gaza

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has condemned the Israeli attacks on Gaza Strip, Palestine.

President Yudhoyono said that he continued to take efforts actively to end the violence through diplomatic channels at the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and the Non-Aligned Movement.

The Israeli attack was one of the issues discussed at the plenary cabinet meeting here on Friday.

He said, "Apart from condemning the excessive Israeli military action, Indonesia has also actively taken diplomatic efforts at the UN, OIC, and the Non-Aligned Movement to stop it."

He said Indonesia holds four principles with regard to ending the violence.

Firstly, Israeli military actions must be stopped, and secondly, a truce must be implemented under the supervision of the UN. Thirdly, actions of retribution from both sides must be prevented, and fourthly, humanitarian relief assistance must be channeled immediately to the victims in Palestine, especially children and women.

In light of that, President Yudhoyono on the occasion had asked Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa to provide detailed information on the situation.

The cabinet meeting that day also discussed the situation in the country after both the presidential candidates claimed victory following the presidential election on July 9.

It also discussed the completion of programs in the remaining 100 days before the term of the cabinet is over on October 22.

Reported by Muhammad Arief Iskandar