Indonesia to expand UN Peacekeeping centre

February 02, 2012
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Indonesia government announced plans Thursday (February 2nd) to expand the functions of the new Indonesian Peace and Security Centre (IPSC) in Sentul, West Java, billed as the largest international training facility for UN peacekeeping forces in Southeast Asia, the newspaper Tempo reported.

Besides serving as a training centre and a base for soldiers awaiting emergency deployment, the IPSC will also include a language centre, a sports complex and a disaster-management training centre.

The centre, situated about 30 km southwest of Jakarta, was inaugurated last month by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last month and is expected to be fully operational by 2014.

Though officials refused to reveal the budget for construction, Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said they received donations from foreign countries such as the United States and Australia.

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