'Upholding Consistency in International Law' – Indonesian Ambassador to the EU

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi. (Photo: Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kathryn E. Holm, via Wikimedia Commons)

By Palestine Chronicle staff

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi called for a „stable position” on international law when it comes to Gaza and „justice for the Palestinians.”

Addressing the opening of the EU-Indo-Pacific Forum in Brussels, Marsudi is reported to have said, 'Listen to your heart and do the right thing to stop atrocities in Gaza, Palestine'.

He added, „The European Union and all of us, as staunch supporters of upholding international law, will have a consistent position when it comes to Gaza,” Anadolu news agency reported.

Noting that Palestine has been subjected to constant injustice for the past seven decades, Marsudi said, “Will we continue to be peaceful? … We won't.”

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The External Affairs Minister further emphasized that “VUN for Palestine Refugees It is critical that the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) continues.

There are many countries including USA and UK Suspended US$ 440 million worth of funding to the relief agency after Israel accused some of its staff of involvement in the October 7 operation by Palestinian protesters.

Marsudi said, “Without respect for international law, the powerful will take everything. No state is above the law. ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and the European Union should take the lead in upholding the values ​​and principles of international law.

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He further noted: „Consistency between values ​​and action reflects the integrity of our moral foundation (that) shows who we really are.”

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In a post on X on Friday, he added that it was important to „maintain a consistent position when it comes to justice for Gaza and the Palestinians and continue to support UNRWA.”

Meanwhile, the EU's foreign policy chief, Joseph Borrell, thanked Marsudi for reminding the forum of the „manifest conflict” in his „call for humanity”.

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Borrell called the ongoing conflict in Gaza „very sad events” and said „more can be done” in terms of support for the Palestinian people.

According to Gaza's Ministry of Health, 27,019 Palestinians have been killed and 66,139 injured in the ongoing genocide in Gaza since October 7. Palestinian and international estimates say the majority of those killed and wounded were women and children.

(PC, Anatolia)

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