Some 9,000 Indonesians return from Syria

September 13, 2013
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa vowed Wednesday (September 11th) to continue bringing expatriate workers back from Syria while working to ensure their safety until they can leave, local media reported.

"The government via the Foreign Ministry has carried out protection and repatriation efforts for our citizens in Syria. We have repatriated 8,960 people in 183 groups," Marty said, according to He was meeting with members of the House of Representatives' Commission I overseeing foreign affairs.

He added that while some Indonesians remain in Syria, the government promised that all citizens would be brought home before the Syrian conflict deteriorated further, The Jakarta Post reported.

Marty also said Jakarta offered a three-point proposal to help end the Syrian conflict. "The most simple (element) is to stop the violence, followed by the delivery of humanitarian aid and, third, promoting a political process that is transparent and in line with what has been demanded by the Syrian people."

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