Indonesia to deploy over 14,000 officers for OIC summit security

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Jakarta, March 1 (IANS) Indonesia will deploy 14,178 officers to beef up security during the fifth summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) starting in Jakarta this Sunday.

Convened under the theme “United for a Just Solution”, the summit is a response to the worrying situation in Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif, which affects not only the Palestinian people, but also the world’s Islamic Ummah, Xinhua reported.

“Our objectives include preventing any possibilities of traffic accident, violent rally, clash, terrorism activity or misuse of gun fire, bomb and explosives, road blocking, holding hostage, kidnapping and other trans-national crimes,” Colonel Czi Berlin, a spokesman for the Indonesian military, said on Tuesday.

The extraordinary OIC Summit on Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif will be held in Jakarta from March 6 to 7.

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“This high-level summit has an international scale. Therefore, the success of holding this event will affect the dignity and credibility of Indonesia,” the official said.

Some 57 OIC member nations will explore approaches and strategies to counter the continuous illegal occupation and apartheid policies of the Israeli government, as well as to advance the peace process and to resolve the situation in Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

The summit is expected to come forward with a resolution, which will reaffirm the principled positions of the OIC member states on the issues of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif, and a Jakarta declaration, which will present commitments of the leaders of the OIC member states to pursue concrete steps in support of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

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