11 Apr '11, 1pm

Indonesia will send peacekeepers to the Philippines to help safeguard a ceasefire btwn the Philippine gov't & the...

MANILA - INDONESIA has decided to join international peacekeepers safeguarding a cease-fire that has helped foster peace talks between the Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim rebel group. Philippine and Indonesian officials said on Monday the Jakarta government recently informed Filipino diplomats of its decision to join the 60-member International Monitoring Team. The Malaysian-led team, which also has representatives from Brunei, Libya and Japan, has been credited with preventing clashes in the country's south from escalating into full-blown fighting that can derail the talks. Presidential Adviser Teresita Deles says Indonesia is grateful for past Philippine peacekeeping help in the once-restive Aceh province on Sumatra Island. -- AP

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