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Three ambassadors ask Indonesia to join US-led coalition

Kamis 19 April 2018 22:00 WIB

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Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi

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Indonesian government is asked to join US-led coalition to pressurize Assad's regime.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Three ambassadors, from the United States, United Kingdom, and France, to Indonesia have asked the Indonesian authorities to join the US-led coalition to pressurize Basyar Al-Assad's regime. The three countries believed Assad has used chemical weapons in some attack in Douma, Syria, on April 7.

"We invite Indonesia and the authorities to go further. We would like them to join us in holding Assad's regime accountable for the misuse and the abuse of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the use of chemical weapons against Syrian nationals," UK's Ambassador to Indonesia, Moazzam Malik, noted here on Thursday.

The United States, United Kingdom, and French ambassadors to Indonesia, namely Joseph Donovan, Moazzam Malik, and Jean-Charles Berthonnet, respectively, met Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in her office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jakarta, on Thursday.

Malik remarked that the three countries were looking forward to call on Indonesia to urge all member states of the Organization on Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to apply pressure on Syria, Russia, and its allies to provide uninterrupted access to an independent fact-finding mission to Douma, Syria.

"We would further like to invite Indonesia to work with us in all international fora to urge all member states, including Syria and Russia, to uphold the convention, as it unravels and represents a dangerous future for all of us across the world," he emphasized.

The ambassadors also highlighted the significant role of CWC in Cambodia in May, in order to stop the misuse and violation of chemical weapons by Assad's regime against civilians.

Donovan remarked that Syria had signed the treaty on CWC in 2013, as a part of the Geneva Framework, promising to give up the use of chemical weapons, and Russia was the guarantor of that framework.

"We call on Russia to fulfill its international commitment and ensure that all chemical weapons will be removed from Syria," he added.

Also read: Indonesia condemns use of chemical weapons in Syria's Douma

During the meeting with Marsudi, the ambassadors also provided some justification of the US-led strike in Syria that had begun on April 14, such as the White Helmet Rescuers' (WHR) reports regarding five hundred people being affected by the chemical attack.

The American coalition believed that the chemical used during the attack was most likely chlorine and potentially sarin, regardless of the absence of independent fact-finding mission's reports.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian authority remained persistent in its stance to object to the unauthorized use of force, albeit frequently done by some states, for acquiring its international customary status, according to a statement on Sunday, a day after the US-led strike in Douma.

Arrmanatha Nasir, the Foreign Affairs Ministry's spokesman, refused to comment on Thursday's meeting.

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