Malaysia hopes UN will accept its peacekeepers

Malaysia has urged the UN to let its soldiers join the Lebanon peacekeeping force, despite Israel's opposition to the inclusion of nations without diplomatic ties. Malaysian troops "will not take sides and will do the job according to the UN mandate," Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar was quoted as saying by the Malaysian news agency Saturday. "Our record is good, whether in Somalia, Bosnia, Congo or (East) Timor, and our service with the UN has been acknowledged by other countries," Syed Hamid said. "But, if the UN wants to heed to the wishes of Israel, what can we do?" Malaysia has offered about 1,000 soldiers for the peacekeeping force. Malaysia, Bangladesh and Indonesia do not recognize Israel.