Statement by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia concerning the Israeli raid and act of violence against the Mavi Marmara

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Government of the Republic of Indonesia condemns the Israeli raid and act of violence against the Mavi Marmara which was carrying international humanitarian asssistance to the Gaza Strip, Palestine on 31May 2010. Based on the information from the Palestinian authority there are as many as 16 confirmed deaths in this raid.

 

The unilateral Israeli blockade against the Gaza strip since January 2009 constitutes a violation of international law and has caused immense sufferings among innocent Palestinians.

 

The Government of Indonesia will work closely with the international community to ensure that Israel is held accountable for its action in accordance with international law.

 

The Israeli raid against the Marvi Marmara is also illegal as it was carried out in international waters.

 

Through the aforementioned raid and violence, Israel has once again created additional hurdles to the Middle East process which is currently entering a crucial a phase with the launching of the “proximity talks”, as conveyed by President Mahmoud Abbas in his visit to Indonesia on 29 May 2010.

 

The Government of Indonesia will cooperate with the international community to ensure that Israel is held accountable for its action in accordance with international law. Specifically, Indonesia urges the United Nations to discharge its responsibilities in accordance with its Charter, including through investigation of the Israeli attack in order to ensure its accountability.

 

The Government of Turkey confirmed there are twelve Indonesian nationals on board that vessel.

 

From recent information, the vessel is currently being directed to Afhdod port, approximately 40 kilometers south of Tel Aviv.

 

The Government of Indonesia continues to ascertain the fate of its nationals who reportedly have taken part in the mission.

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 31 May 2010