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SE Asia’s biggest peacekeeping, antiterror training camp opens
Written by: Yuliasri Perdani, The Jakarta Post, Bogor, West Java | Headlines | Tue, April 08 2014
At a cost of around Rp 1.64 trillion (US$145 million), Southeast Asia’s
largest training center for counterterrorism and United Nations (UN)
peacekeeping officially commenced operations on Monday.
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono inaugurated the Indonesia Peace and Security
Center (IPSC), in Sentul, West Java, which will provide world-class
training for local and international stakeholders.
is proof of Indonesia’s commitment to maintaining global peace, as
stipulated in the 1945 Constitution,” Yudhoyono said in his speech at
the inauguration ceremony.
The 262-hectare compound was
constructed by the Defense Ministry in 2010, consisting of seven offices
and training centers operated by, among others, the Indonesian Military
(TNI), the National Police and the National Counterterrorism Agency
BNPT chairman Ansyaad Mbai said the agency’s training
center would provide soldiers and police with the skills to handle
terrorist-linked hijacks. For that, the agency has provided a mock-up of
a passenger aircraft, a train, a ship and a hotel.
that in the future, the facility would accommodate de-radicalization
classes for terrorist convicts. “It’s an integrated center for all
stakeholders in the field of counterterrorism,” he said.
relation to military purposes, the center will provide training for UN
peacekeeping troops as well as a base for standby military personnel
awaiting emergency deployment.
The compound also consists of comprehensive sports facilities and a language-training center.
from a 600-meter shooting range, the compound is also equipped with
simulated villages that resemble those of Congo and Lebanon — countries
where Indonesian peacekeeping personnel will be deployed.
The compound also houses a disaster-management training camp and the Indonesian Defense
Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said that the compound was Southeast
Asia’s largest international training facility, the construction of
which was partly funded by the US and Australia. “The US helped to
construct the military barracks, while Australia established the
language center,” said Purnomo.
The ministry has planted 114,641
trees and constructed three lakes at the complex that can function as
water-absorption areas and training grounds for TNI peacekeepers.
“We’ve also built two water-treatment plants for the distillation of drinking water” Purnomo added.
the speech, Yudhoyono said that Indonesia had an obligation as a UN
member to maintain international peace. “We have a challenge to be
involved in military operations other than war, that’s why we built the
center,” he said.
Yudhoyono said that Indonesia currently ranked
17 in the list of countries sending the largest contingents of troops
for UN peacekeeping missions.
The President hoped that in the next year or two, the country hoped to be in the top ten.
we have 2,000 peacekeepers and we hope that the number can be doubled
in the next one or two years. If the numbers reached 4,000, then we
would be in the top-ten list,” he said.
Yudhoyono said that Syria
might potentially be Indonesia’s next peacekeeping mission if the
Syrian government and the rebels approved a cease-fire between them.
president himself has experience as a peacekeeping soldier during the
conflict between Bosnia Herzegovina and Serbia from 1995 to 1996.
During that mission, Indonesia also sent civilian police officers and military experts to the area. (gda)
Reprinted from The Jakarta Post: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/04/08/se-asia-s-biggest-peacekeeping-antiterror-training-camp-opens.html