Saturday, August 15, 2009
Poso: Indonesia's restive East
10 years after Poso conflict, personnel, issues linger.
The Poso conflict in Central Sulawesi ended around 10 years ago, but various groups have met to evaluate peace developments in Poso following the Malino peace treaty, with many issues still unresolved.
With Poso's special status not yet lifted, which required the government to post reinforcements of some 1,600 additional police personnel in the area, there was still an atmosphere of tension.
The government had not yet issued a regulation to protect such rights of women and children, despite a law stipulating that special attention needed to be given to susceptible groups in conflict areas.
Poso is now peaceful but recent reports have suggested a number of terror suspects are hiding there. Police have so far listed six suspects in their wanted list.