KOTA TINGGI, Aug 26 (Bernama) -- The United Nations (UN) should look at the excellent record of Malaysian troops in peacekeeping duties in considering the country's offer to serve in Lebanon, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar on Saturday.
"Our record is good, whether in Somalia, Bosnia, Congo or Timor Leste and our service with the UN has been acknowledged by other countries. Our soldiers know how to carry out the task and they will not take sides and will do the job according to the UN mandate.
"But, if the UN wants to heed to the wishes of Israel, what can we do?," he told reporters after attending the Kota Tinggi Umno division delegates meeting which was opened by Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Adnan Yaakob here today.
Israel has objected to the participation of countries that do not have diplomatic ties with it in Unifil (UN's Interim Force in Lebanon), which includes Malaysia.
Syed Hamid said that other members of the Organisation of Islamic Conference which had offered troops for peacekeeping duties in Lebanon like Indonesia and Bangladesh also did not have diplomatic relations with Israel.
Asked whether the UN was pressured by Israel and the United States in deciding the composition of Unifil, he said the UN was an umbrella for the world community and it must play that role.
It was very important that the peacekeeping force not only comprised troops from western countries but also Muslim countries accepted by Lebanon, he added.