Indonesia sends helicopter peacekeeping task force to Mali

Indonesia sends helicopter peacekeeping task force to Mali

Mi-17 (FOTO ANTARA/R. Rekotomo)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia has decided to send a Helicopter MI-17 Task Force to join in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

The decision was taken to meet the request from the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations made in August 2014, according to a website of the Cabinet Secretariat.

The decision was put in Presidential Regulation Regulation Number 78, 2015 regarding the MI-17 TNI Helicopter Garuda Contingent for UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali signed by President Joko Widodo on July 3, 2015.

According to the presidential regulation the Helicopter MI-17 MINUSMA was formed by the defense forces (TNI) commander in line with the UN standard.

"The preparation, dispatch and return of the task force will be carried out by the TNI commander in coordination with the Team of Peacekeeping Mission Coordination," according to Article 4 of the presidential regulation.

The task force will be on the mission for a year at the longest with possible extension depending upon the UNs demand.

The TNI commander will report to the President regarding the implementation of the mission minimally once in three months or whenever is needed with copies of the report referred to the foreign and defense ministers.

The task force is funded by the national budget and the UN budget for its dispatch, operation, care of personnel, equipment maintenance, return or reinforcement.

Tz.M041 (H-YH/H-YH)

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