|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.
|15 Sep 00|