RI contingent in Congo supporting UN actions against rebel group

June 14, 2009, Jakarta -- The Indonesian contingent (Garuda XX-F) in the UN peace-keeping mission in Congo is supporting the world organization`s efforts in dealing with the Uganda-based militant rebel group LRA (Lord Resistance Army) in eastern Congo.

"Yes, as part of the UN mission, we support efforts to achieve peace there," Major Czi Sugeng Haryadi Yogopranowo, commander of the Garuda XX-F Contingent Task Force, said as quoted by Captain Leo Sugandi, a spokesman of the Indonesian Garuda Contingent (Konga) XX-F/MONUC.

The UN troops have conducted consolidation to unite moves in response to the actions of LRA members in Congo which shares a border with Sudan, in Africa, Leo Sugandi said in his e-mailed message to ANTARA.

Earlier this week, the United Nations (UN)`s Contingent Owned Equipment (COE) Inspection Team checked the weaponry and equipment readiness of the Indonesian Military (TNI) contingent in Congo, Capt. Leo Sugandi said.

The inspection was done by the COE Inspection Team of the Ituri Brigade headed by Crecencio Agunda and James Foday Maada Boima, according to Leo Sugandi.

With the checking, it is expected that the equipment would meet UN standards and could be used in accordance with its function so that the UN mission in Congo would be successful.

The main facilities and equipment of the Indonesian contingent (Garuda XX-F contingent) included a first level hospital, an ambulance, a personnel transport car, a cargo truck, a mobile workshop, a fuel oil tank, a water tank truck, a prime mover and its trailer, a bulldozer, an air compressor trailer, a crane, a bucket loader, a grader, a roller, a dump truck, a backhoe loader, a concrete mixer, a forklift, a water purification machine, a generator and a cold storage.

Other supporting facilities included cooking and dining utensils, communications tools, office equipment, building toolkits, bomb defuse equipment, tents, night and day binoculars and compasses.


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