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Indonesian Foreign Minister: A ceasefire is necessary and will change the rules of the game to resolve the Gaza issue

By Manal Abdel Fattah

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi will deliver an oral statement in support of the advisory opinion of the International Court on the Israeli occupation of Palestine on February 19.

The Indonesian Foreign Minister noted that in the three months since the outbreak of the conflict, Indonesian diplomacy has not remained silent and continues to mobilize support for the Palestinian cause.

Foreign Minister Retno noted that she spoke twice before the Security Council and the United Nations General Assembly, and also spoke in other international forums such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the World Health Organization, the Human Rights Council, and the Global Refugee Forum. Indonesian diplomats also expressed their support for the issue. Palestine and mobilized in various forums and countries, and at the same time, Indonesia sent humanitarian aid to Palestine.

The minister added: President Jokowi directly headed the Indonesian delegation to the joint summit between the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League, which discussed the Palestinian issue last November, and one of the summit’s decisions was to authorize me, along with several other OIC foreign ministers, to mobilize international support to encourage a ceasefire and a peace process. peace.

She continued that, in implementing the resolution, the Committee of Foreign Ministers engaged in diplomacy and specifically met with high-level officials from the five permanent member states of the United Nations Security Council, at the level of heads of government and foreign ministers.

Retno said: “We see that the number of countries supporting the Palestinian decision is increasing in the United Nations, while the number of countries opposing and abstaining from voting is decreasing, and internal pressures on influential countries are also increasing.”

She added that at the end of last year, the United Nations Security Council was finally able to adopt a humanitarian resolution on Palestine, but all of this is not enough, and for Indonesia, a ceasefire is necessary and will change the rules of the game to resolve the Gaza issue.

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