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Indonesia renews call to maintain UN peacekeeping operations during COVID-19

first_imgThe COVID-19 crisis had disrupted peacekeeping operations (PKO), making it difficult for conflicting parties to engage and discuss peace, while also limiting the movement and activities of peacekeepers, Retno said.Access to humanitarian aid and logistics had been disrupted due to the unavailability of transportation, she added.Read also: COVID-19: Nearly 90,000 Indonesians return home after more than 700 infected abroadIn this regard, Indonesia continued to stress the importance of ensuring the safety and health of UN peacekeepers at the UN Security Council (UNSC) meetings. Indonesia has renewed its call for the world to refocus on maintaining and supporting peacekeeping operations, as countries in conflict are being hit even harder by the COVID-19 pandemic than countries at peace.Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi on Thursday reiterated Indonesia’s concerns about the impacts of the coronavirus crisis in conflict countries, saying that Indonesia was committed to upholding any and all efforts to resolve conflict and build peace.“As we are all aware, COVID-19 has an enormous impact for all countries, including countries affected by conflict. The situation on the ground, which is already fragile due to ongoing conflicts, is now worsened by COVID-19 due to limited health infrastructure, fragile security, challenging economic situations and humanitarian conditions,” Retno told a press briefing on May 14. “At least 13 countries with PKO have confirmed COVID-19 cases. Sixty-four peacekeepers have contracted the virus,” Retno said, citing UN data.Although no Indonesian peacekeepers had contracted the disease to date, the country remained fully alert in following developments on the ground, she added.Indonesia is the largest country among UNSC member states in terms of contributing peacekeeping troops, and the eighth largest among all UN member states.“Therefore, Indonesia will closely follow the impact of COVID-19 on our peacekeepers,” Retno said.On March 23, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued an appeal for a global ceasefire during the COVID-19 pandemic.”To warring parties, I say: Pull back from hostilities. Put aside mistrust and animosity. Silence the guns, stop the artillery, end the airstrikes. This is crucial to help create corridors for life-saving aid,” he states in the press release published on the UN website.“As a non-permanent member of the UNSC, Indonesia welcomes and supports the [UN secretary-general’s] call,” Retno stressed at Thursday’s briefing.Read also: Indonesia to prioritize quality in peacekeeping contributions as UN funds evaporateAlong with other members of the UNSC, Indonesia was currently drafting a resolution on measures to address COVID-19 challenges, particularly peace and security.“Unfortunately, the draft has yet to reach consensus. The longer the UNSC cannot agree on the draft, [the more] it sends a negative signal on the ground, and could even worsen the situation for [people] in many conflict areas,” Retno said.The UNSC should focus on enhancing cooperation to protect the people in conflict areas, and Indonesia was ready to continue contributing to negotiations on the draft resolution, she concluded.Topics :last_img read more

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Norman E. Meyer

first_imgNorman E. Meyer, age 75 of Batesville, died Friday, April 12, 2019 at Margaret Mary Health.  Born May 6, 1943 in Batesville, he is the son of Rosemary (Nee: Bedel) and John Meyer.  He served in the Army reserve and following his release he would become a tool and die maker for the Hill-Rom Company, retiring in 2007 after 45 years.  He married Lucy Burkhart on May 11, 1968 at St. Mary’s Church in Greensburg.  A member of St. Louis Church, he also belonged to the Batesville Knights of Columbus Council #1461 and the Batesville Athletic Boosters.Family was a priority with Norman and he loved spending time with his granddaughters, although his family indicated he was a man of few words.  His other passion was all things John Deere.  He farmed with his brother 54 years, just recently selling the farm.  His favorite task was being in the combine during harvest.As a tool and die maker, Norman liked to tinker and fix things.  The kids used to leave their broken toys next to his lunch box for him to fix.  As they grew, he enjoyed watching all three of the boys play high school basketball and then later, his granddaughters.  He and Lucy have traveled to all 50 states with an Alaskan cruise and a trip to Hawaii among their favorites and a cold Budweiser or screwdriver every now and then was a good thing.Norman is survived by his wife Lucy; sons Brian (Mindy), Daryl (Carol) and Alan (Lana) Meyer, all of Batesville; sisters Shirley Rennekamp of Sunman, Mary Moorman of Oldenburg, Janet Rehberger of Oldenburg; brothers John Meyer of Greensburg, Harry Meyer of Bloomington, Indiana, Greg Meyer of Hamburg and five grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by sister Laverne Goedl and brothers Gerald and Virgil Meyer Sr.Visitation is Tuesday, April 16th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating, followed by burial in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the Batesville Athletic Boosters or St. Louis School.last_img read more

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