Indonesians shouldn't fight in Syria: FM

February 19, 2014
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said Monday (February 17th) that Indonesians shouldn't join the bloody civil war in Syria and that the government is working hard to return citizens from the war zone, local media reported.

"We can't confirm data that Indonesians are reportedly fighting in Syria. Our efforts at the moment are more toward repatriating Indonesian citizens from Syria," he told reporters, according to Okezone News. "Our message is clear: Indonesian citizens should not get involved in the battle in Syria and must come back."

Marty said the world must find a political solution so Syrians can receive humanitarian aid.

"It's unacceptable. Too many civilian casualties and lives lost. We cannot let this continue. If we do, there will be more loss and suffering," Marty said, according to Liputan 6.

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