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PMPP TNI successfully conducted HEAT for EU diplomats

March 17 2017

Indonesia Peacekeeping Center (PMPP TNI) successfully trained 20 diplomats European Union (EU) for the program Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT). The training was conducted in PMPP TNI, 6 to 9 March 2017. The majority of the participants are senior advisers in the field of security in the European Union Representatives of the member countries of ASEAN.

PMPP TNI Commandant, Brigadier General Achmad Marzuki explained this HEAT Program is a historic collaboration between PMPP with the EU. "HEAT Program is the first  typical bilateral cooperation conducted between Indonesia and the European Union," he said at the closing ceremony of the program (Thursday, 3/9).

"HEAT is a pilot project and became  a role model for similar cooperation in the future. I hope through programs HEAT we can open a greater opportunities to enhance cooperation PMPP TNI with the EU in the future", he added.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PMPP and the EU Delegation in Jakarta conducted intensive preparations to implement the HEAT. EU Ambassador to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, Mr. Vincent Guerend said that this program is a concrete cooperation between the EU and Indonesia, especially with PMPP TNI.

The EU, he said, wanted to learn from Indonesia which seeks to present to the mission of maintaining peace in the world under the United Nations. "I appreciate and thank PMPP TNI and all parties involved. I also hope that this program can be done on a regular basis," said Vincent Guerend.

Meanwhile, representative from Indonesia MoA, Dewi Gustina Tobing explained that the HEAT program is a testament to the good bilateral relations between Indonesia and the EU.

Relationship between the two has increased with President visit to the EU in Brussels, April 2016. HEAT is also be part of the implementation of bilateral agreements Partnership Cooperation Agreement between Indonesia and the European Union.

EU diplomats who participated in this training praised the professionalism of military personnel in PMPP. In addition, participants also showed a very positive impression of the program content is the practice in the field, among other things, the handling of terrorism, negotiated the release of prisoners, and driving in difficult tropical nature.

The closing ceremony of the program was attended, among others, by the EU Ambassador to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam Vincent Guerend, Representative from Indonesia MoA, Dewi Gustina Tobing; and Desk Officer Asia Pacific Field Security, the European External Action Service (EEAS) Julia Smith, who came directly from Brussels as observers.

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