UN asks Indonesia for helicopters for South Sudan peacekeeping operation

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Secretary-General presents an inscribed UN Ballistic Blue Helmet to the President of Indonesia

Indonesia is being asked to contribute helicopters to the UN's peacekeeping operation in South Sudan where the need is great.

During a meeting in the country with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised his work as a peacekeeper or blue helmet and commended the country on it's commitment to UN peacekeeping missions

"Mr. President, you are the only leader of any nation in the world who has served as a blue helmet. You understand the challenges we face from experience. My deepest admiration and respect for your strong commitment and contribution to peace and security of the world. " 

Mr. Ban also gave a keynote speech, entitled "The United Nations and Global Security: Collaboration and Partnership," at the opening ceremony of the Jakarta International Defense Conference.

He arrived in Jakarta Monday as the first stop on a four country Asian tour that includes Malaysia, Singapore and his home country, South Korea.

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