Problems in Conflict Areas Yet to Subside

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  • TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:It is to be assumed that problems in several conflict areas in Indonesia, such as Maluku, Aceh and Poso, will not yet have subsided next year, according to National Police Chief Gen. Da’i Bachtiar. He made this statement during a meeting with House of Representatives (DPR) Commission I that was held at the legislature complex in Jakarta on Wednesday (27/6). “The high rate of crimes will also influence the security and stability in Indonesia, particularly in the conflict areas next year,” said Bachtiar. In regards to Ambon, Bachtiar said he was convinced that the groups in the conflict there were tired of the situation in their area and intended to end the conflict. This was indicated during the recent visit made by Vice President Hamzah Haz and his delegation to Ambon. At that time, the groups in the conflict warmly welcomed the delegation. However, particular people who have certain motives in the Ambon conflict still hamper reconciliation efforts in the area . According to Bachtiar, such people are still wandering around Maluku. “It’s time for us to enforce the law there. All people who kill, attack and commit violence in Maluku must be processed according to legal procedures,” he said. (Sri Wahyuni – Tempo News Room)