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Indonesia    CHURCH LEADERS SAY MALUKU CIVIL EMERGENCY DECREE HAS FAILED
Catholic and Protestant leaders of Indonesia's strife-torn Maluku islands say the state of civil emergency imposed there more than two months ago has failed to end Muslim-Christian violence.
    Bishop Petrus Canisius Mandagi of Amboina told UCA News: "We clearly told the president that the civil emergency status failed to restore peace and security."
    Bishop Mandagi led a 13-member Christian delegation to meet Indonesia's President Abdurrahman Wahid earlier this month.
    The delegation called on the government to end the 20-month conflict in their provinces of Maluku and North Maluku. The group proposed United Nations intervention to end the conflict, a proposal rejected by a Muslim delegation that met with Wahid afterwards.
   
UCAN
   
15 Sep 00



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