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THE SITUATION IN AMBON / MOLUCCAS – Report No. 292 (31/05/02) #3281
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, May 31, 2002
HANDOVER CEREMONY – Yesterday morning the handover ceremony of the Military
Chief Commander took place in Ambon. The outgoing chief is Brigader-General
Mustopo. He is being replaced by Major General Djoko Santoso, who simultaneously
will be the PANGKOOPSLIHKAM (Panglima Komando Operasi Pemulihan Keamanan
= Chief Commander of the Operation for Restoring Security). KASAD (Kepala Staf
Angkatan Darat = Army Chief of Staff) General Endriartono Sutarto presided over the
ceremony, which took place in the front yard of Kodam XVI Pattimura HQ in
VP defends meeting with cleric accused of terror links (31/05/02) #3280
The Jakarta Post, 5/30/2002 2:12:49 PM
JAKARTA (JP): Vice President Hamzah Haz on Thursday defendedhis meeting with a
Muslim cleric who has been linked by Singaporeto regional terrorism, saying they
talked about Islam's peacefulmessage, report said.
Indonesian vice president defends meeting with cleric (31/05/02) #3279
ABC AUSTRALIA, 31/05/2002 10:17:45
Indonesia's Vice President, Hamzah Haz, has defended his meeting with a Muslim
cleric who has been linked by Singapore to regional terrorism, saying they talked
about Islam's peaceful message.
West Jakarta students required to wear Muslim attire in school (31/05/02) #3278
The Jakarta Post, May 31, 2002
Damar Harsanto, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta Brawls, robbery, and drug abuse are
offenses now commonly committed by students. And some teachers in West Jakarta
are now hoping that forcing students to wear religious attire and perform various rituals
might be a quick solution to the chronic problems.
Djoko sworn in as new Pattimura Military chief (31/05/02) #3277
The Jakarta Post, May 31, 2002
The Jakarta Post, Ambon/Jakarta Army Chief of Staff Gen. Endriartono Sutarto
swore in on Thursday Maj. Gen. Djoko Santoso as the new Pattimura Military
commander, replacing Brig. Gen. Mustopo to oversee the strife-ridden islands of
Singapore Govt: Islamic Radicals Likely Fled To Indonesia (31/05/02) #3276
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Thursday May 30, 2002
SINGAPORE, May 30 (AP)--About a dozen members of an Islamic radical group that
allegedly plotted to bomb Western targets here have likely fled to Indonesia and
elsewhere in the region, a government agency said Thursday.
Police pondering candidates for deputy chief of Maluku (31/05/02) #3275
The Jakarta Post, 5/30/2002 1:55:07 PM
JAKARTA (JP): National Police chief Gen. Da'i Bachtiar said on Thursday that his
office was still pondering several candidates to be the next deputy of the Security
Restoration Operation (Opslihkam) in Maluku.
THE SITUATION IN AMBON / MOLUCCAS – Report No. 291 (30/05/02) #3263
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, May 30, 2002
MISSTATING HIDDEN SUPPLIES OF RMS WEAPONRY – On several occasions
Military Chief Commander Brig.Gen. Mustopo declared that four caches of RMS/FKM
weaponry had been located. Provincial Legislative Council members Max Pentury and
Yunus Tipta (together with many others) wonder why such information should be
brought into public prior to carrying out the uncovering of those caches. Why – unlike
violent Muslim reaction to the detention of Yafar Umar Thalib – were not those
weapons used by the separatists as reaction to the detention of FKM leader Alex
Manuputty c.s.? Maybe there simply is not any RMS/FKM militia? And maybe
Mustopo is telling lies?
2 American Ships Arrive in Indonesia (30/05/02) #3262
VOA News, 28 May 2002 10:14 UTC
Patricia Nunan, Jakarta Two American ships have arrived off the coast of Indonesia's
port city of Surabaya to take part in a humanitarian exercise with the Indonesian
Navy. The exercise does not violate Washington's ban on military ties with Indonesia,
but some groups warn that the U.S. could be preparing to overlook past human rights
abuses by Indonesian forces.
Resuming U.S.-Indonesia Military Ties (30/05/02) #3261
International Crisis Group, Jakarta/Brussels, 21 May 2002
The U.S. Congress will soon debate a proposal for funding to train an Indonesian
military unit to deal with troubled areas within the country. If approved, the package
would be a major step towards the restoration of relations between the U.S. and
Indonesian armed forces, damaged by the latter's actions in East Timor. But whatever
the apparent attractions in bilateral and security terms of taking this step, ICG
believes that the proposed package is flawed.
'LJ-supported' VP visits school of Muslim cleric accused (30/05/02) #3260
of terror links
The Jakarta Post, 5/29/2002 3:36:26 PM
JAKARTA (JP): Vice President Hamzah Haz on Wednesday visited an Islamic
boarding school in Central Java founded by Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, a Muslim cleric who
has been linked by Singapore to aterrorist network, reports said.
Indonesia's defiant 'LJ-supported' VP visits militant suspect (30/05/02) #3259
ABC AUSTRALIA, 30/05/2002 10:12:43
Indonesia's Vice-President, Hamzah Haz, has unexpectedly visited a Muslim militant,
in a move that could irritate Singapore and Malaysia who have linked the Islamic cleric
to a regional terror network.
Indonesian 'LJ-supported' VP visits school of Muslim cleric (30/05/02) #3258
accused of terror links
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Wednesday May 29, 2002 4:24 PM
Indonesian Vice President Hamzah Haz visited a school founded by a Muslim cleric
who has been linked by Singapore to a terrorist network.
TNI accused of imposing martial law 'by stealth' in Maluku (30/05/02) #3256
The Jakarta Post, May 30, 2002
Yogita Tahilramani, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta The appointment of Maj. Gen. Djoko
Santoso to lead security restoration operations in the troubled Maluku province points
to clear domination of the military there and a tactful admission by the Indonesian
Military (TNI) that it will not submit to orders issued by the police or civilians, including
Governor Saleh Latuconsina, a sociologist said on Wednesday.
Loyalty of soldiers in Maluku challenged (30/05/02) #3252
The Jakarta Post, May 30, 2002
Lela E. Madjiah, The Jakarta Post, Ambon Indonesian military personnel serving in
Maluku face a tough choice: Remain loyal to the republic or leave the military.
Govt decision to launch military-led operaiton in (30/05/02) #3251
The Jakarta Post, 5/30/2002 12:25:39 AM
JAKARTA (JP): Many have raised their eyebrows in response to the decision to
launch a military-led operation, saying that teamwork between the civilian
administration and the security forces is the key to restoring peace in the province.
Security forces must obey Civil Emergency Administrator (30/05/02) #3250
The Jakarta Post, 5/29/2002 2:05:18 PM
JAKARTA (JP): Minister of Home Affairs Hari Sabarno asserted on Wednesday that
the planned operators of the Security Restoration Operation (Opslihkam) in Maluku
had to abide by therules and commands issued by the Civil Emergency administration
led by the Maluku Governor, reports said.
Army chief calls on people in Maluku to surrender weapons (30/05/02) #3249
The Jakarta Post, 5/29/2002 6:12:00 PM
JAKARTA (JP): Army chief of staff Gen. Endriartono Sutarto on Wednesday called on
all elements involved in the Maluku conflicts to surrender their weapons to the security
authorities, reports said.
Manuputty to Make A Legal Claim against the Government (30/05/02) #3248
TEMPO, 28 May 2002 16:46:50 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Alexander Manuputty, the Chairman of the Moluccan
Sovereignty Front (FKM), is to make a legal claim against President Megawati
Soekarnoputri, Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Susilo B.
Yudhoyono, and head of the of civil state of emergency authorities in Maluku,
Governor Saleh Latuconsina.
Maluku front to sue govt over separatist charges (29/05/02) #3247
The Jakarta Post, May 29, 2002
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta The Maluku Sovereignty Front (FKM) will file a suit against
the government for branding the Front as a separatist movement and associating it
with South Maluku Republic (RMS).
TNI appoints Djoko as Maluku military chief (29/05/02) #3244
The Jakarta Post, May 29, 2002
Kurniawan Hari and Imanuddin, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta The Indonesian Military
(TNI) Headquarters appointed on Tuesday Maj. Gen. Djoko Santoso to lead the
security restoration operations and head the Pattimura Regional Military Command in
the troubled Maluku province, a report said.
Indonesia appoints military and police head in Maluku (29/05/02) #3243
ABC AUSTRALIA, 29/05/2002 09:12:17
Indonesia has appointed an army general to oversee both the military and police in the
eastern Maluku islands.
Jihad is parallel in Bible, Koran: Religious leaders (29/05/02) #3239
The Jakarta Post, 29 May 2002
Muhammad Nafik, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta Jihad is sometimes an awful, feared
and notorious word to many Indonesians, who generally know it only as a holy war
Govt new policy on Maluku queried (28/05/02) #3230
The Jakarta Post, May 27, 2002
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta The government has been accused of imposing
"concealed martial law" in Maluku, following the restructuring of the security
authorities in which the Indonesian Military (TNI) has been assigned the day-to-day
authority in the strife-ridden province.
Former Indonesian spy chief rejects US charge of terror (28/05/02) #3226
ABC AUSTRALIA, 26/05/2002 18:20:38
A former chief of Indonesia's intelligence agency has dismissed US allegations of
Islamic terrorist bases in Indonesia and said it was unsupported by evidence.
Indonesia's Muslims reject EU's resolution on Maluku (28/05/02) #3225
KYODO NEWS, May 27, 2002
JAKARTA, May 27 (Kyodo) - The Indonesian Ulemas Council of Islamic clerics
rejected a resolution Monday issued by the European Union's (EU) parliament on the
nation's riot-torn Maluku.
No martial law in Maluku: VP (28/05/02) #3224
The Jakarta Post, 5/27/2002 9:51:55 PM
JAKARTA (JP): Vice President Hamzah Haz denied here on Monday that the
government's plan to form a new security command body in Maluku is an attempt to
impose martial law in the conflict-torn province.
THE SITUATION IN AMBON / MOLUCCAS – Report No. 290 (27/05/02) #3217
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, May 26, 2002
ATTACK ON SPEEDBOAT – In the morning of Saturday, May 25, 2002, a large
speedboat on its route from the village of Kamarian, West-Seram, to the village of
Haria on the island of Saparua, was shot at by two smaller speedboats, killing four of
the 55 Christian passengers and injuring 12. Thus was confirmed on local TV by
Police Chief Commander Sunarko. Among those injured was one of both police
servicemen that accompanied the speed boat on its voyage. The attacking
speedboats are thought to have departed from the island of Haruku.
Fresh speedboat shooting kills three in Maluku (27/05/02) #3216
The Jakarta Post, 5/25/2002 12:45:53 PM
AMBON, Maluku (JP): Disputed Maluku was rocked by fresh violence on Saturday
when a group of armed men on a speedboat sprayed bullets at another vessel en
route to Paso Port in Ambon water of Teluk Ambon Baguala district, killing three
passengers and injuring nine others.
Four Dead In Boat Shooting In Indonesia's Maluku Islands (27/05/02) #3215
Business Times, May 25, 2002
AMBON, Indonesia (AP)--An unidentified group of men in a motorized boat fired at a
passenger boat Saturday killing four people - including a policeman - in Indonesia's
violence-wracked Maluku islands, police said.
Indonesia - OCHA Consolidated Situation Report No. 77 (27/05/02) #3212
17 - 24 May 2002
MALUKU * The security situation has been relatively calm throughout the week.
However, there are still occasional shots and explosions in the evenings. The market
in the neutral area in front of Hotel Ammans is still empty, having been moved
temporarily to the Merdeka Field area.
NORTH MALUKU * CARDI carried out field visit this week to monitor its on-going
emergency education projects (reconstruction of school buildings, survey of out of
school children) in six villages, and micro-grants projects (small cash loans for
income generating activities) in 14 villages, in Ibu, Sahu, and Jailolo sub-districts.
Most schools lack furniture and teachers.
Curfew in strife-torn Maluku extended (27/05/02) #3211
The Jakarta Post, 25 May 2002
JAKARTA (JP): Civil emergency administration in Maluku province has extended the
curfew in the restive province for an additional three hours, from the previous period of
between 12 a.m. and 5 p.m. to now 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., reports said Friday.
THE SITUATION IN AMBON / MOLUCCAS – Report No. 289 (27/05/02) #3210
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, May 25, 2002
CRITICAL NOTE ON SURRENDER OF WEAPONRY BY LASKAR JIHAD – When
last May 19, Jihad forces officially handed over a number of weapons to Military Chief
Commander Mustopo (see Report 288), deputy LJ leader Ustad Mohammad Atamimi
declared that this was only part of the weaponry they had in store. This
acknowledgement encountered fierce reactions, among others from Fr. Agus
Ulahaiyanan from the Diocesan Crisis Centre.
US may fund Jakarta troops policing Malukus (27/05/02) #3209
The Straits Times, Saturday May 25, 2002
By Marianne Kearney, STRAITS TIMES INDONESIA BUREAU
JAKARTA - The United States is considering a plan to fund Indonesian domestic
peacekeepers for trouble spots like the Malukus and West Papua, under a new
U.S. Congress holds back on military aid request for (27/05/02) #3207
Indonesia, while supporting anti-terrorism money
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Friday May 24, 2002 1:43 PM ET
By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Congress is moving toward sending money to Indonesia to
help train its police, but has yet to warm up to the White House's call for increased
relations with the country's military forces.
Who's Driving Islamic Militant Groups? (27/05/02) #3206
LAKSAMANA.Net, May 24, 2002 05:42 PM
Laksamana.Net - Two Americans are in two minds about terrorism in Indonesia. Paul
Fujimura, US State Department expert on counter-terrorism, said Thursday (23/5/02)
there was evidence that al-Qaeda had already established itself in sanctuaries in
Maluku strife driven by graft, not religion (27/05/02) #3205
The Straits Times, Friday May 24, 2002
By Marianne Kearney, STRAITS TIMES INDONESIA BUREAU
JAKARTA - Corruption, not religion, is to blame for the continuing violence in the
Maluku islands, according to observers.
Indonesia to snub European offer on rights abuse probe (27/05/02) #3204
The Jakarta Post, May, 24 2002
Annastashya Emmanuelle and Oktovianus Pinontoan, The Jakarta Post,
The Indonesian government is set to formally reject the European Parliament's
suggestion to invite a United Nations investigating team to probe human rights abuses
in the country's conflict areas.
Yudhoyono Calls on Foreign Countries Not to Intervene in (24/05/02) #3199
Indonesia's Home Affairs
TEMPO, 23 May 2002 21:3:48 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta : Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on foreign countries not to intervene in the
problems of Aceh, Ambon, and West Papua.
Vice President: Kostrad Troops to Maintain Security in Ambon (24/05/02) #3197
TEMPO, 21 May 2002 20:30:35 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta :The plan of Indonesian Military (TNI) headquarters (HQ)
to send Emergency Strike Troops (PPRC) of Army's Special Force (Kostrad) to
Ambon should not be responded to negatively as the plan was made due to the
central government's intention to maintain the security in Ambon.
SBY: Indonesian Military to Hold the Single Command (24/05/02) #3196
TEMPO, 23 May 2002 21:3:31 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta :Next week, Indonesian government will start restructuring
the command in Maluku, according to Coordinating Minister for Political and Security
Affairs Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
European Parliament issues resolution on Maluku,... (24/05/02) #3193
The Jakarta Post, 22-05-2002
JAKARTA (JP): The European Parliament has issued a resolution calling on Indonesia
to formulate an immediate peaceful solution to the conflicts in Maluku, Aceh and
Papua, while affirming its recognition on Indonesia's integrity, a report said.
Click here for the European Parliament resolution
US security official says al Qaeda network is operating (24/05/02) #3192
ABC AUSTRALIA, 23/05/2002 21:54:19
A top U.S. security official says there's evidence that Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda
militant network had established a base in Indonesia, the world's most populous
U.S. Warns Al Qaeda Has Toehold in Indonesia (24/05/02) #3191
REUTERS, Wednesday May 22, 2002 11:59 PM ET
By Belinda Goldsmith
CANBERRA (Reuters) - A top U.S. security official said on Thursday there was
evidence that Osama bin Laden (news - web sites)'s al Qaeda militant network had
established a toehold in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.
Berthy Loupatty Released (24/05/02) #3190
TEMPO, 21 May 2002 14:29:52 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta : Berthy Loupatty of the Coker (Christian Boys) gang in
Ambon has been released after being questioned by an investigating team, according
to the Deputy Head of the Joint Investigator Team Lt. Col, Irwansyah.
Official Report on Manuputty Case to be Filed to (24/05/02) #3189
Maluku High Prosecutor's Office
TEMPO, 21 May 2002 20:37:46 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta : The official report of Alex Manuputty case will be filed to
the Maluku High Prosecutor's Office, according to Brigadier General Aryanto Supadi,
Director of General Criminals at the National Police.
'TNI exercises won't ease tension in Maluku' (24/05/02) #3187
The Jakarta Post, 23 May 2002
Annastashya Emmanuelle, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta
Ambon and Jakarta based non-governmental organizations representing groups in
restive Maluku, opposed the Indonesian Military's plan to stage war games in the area
for fear of creating wider conflict.
Pattimura Military Command Explode Confiscated (24/05/02) #3186
TEMPO, 23 May 2002 21:10:43 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Ambon : The Pattimura Military Command exploded explosive
materials consisting of bombs, grenades and ammunition in woodland area near Suli
village, Ambon, on Thursday (23/5).
Work Mechanism of State of Emergency Authorities in (24/05/02) #3185
Maluku to be Restructured
TEMPO, 22 May 2002 21:7:4 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta :The Indonesian government is to immediately restructure
the work mechanism of the of civil state of emergency authorities, military chief and
police chief in Maluku, according to Coordinating Minister for Political and Security
Affairs Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
National Police Chief Happy with Intelligence Work in Ambon (24/05/02) #3184
TEMPO, 22 May 2002 21:11:23 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta :National Police chief Gen. Da'i Bachtiar is convinced that
the police intelligence in Maluku have carried out their work properly.
Message for Crisis Centre subscribers (23/05/02) #3183
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, May 22, 2002
Due to failure of another pair of Electric generators, power supply for the 350.000 odd
citizens of Ambon and surrounding villages has been reduced to 6 hours on / 18 hours
Muslims Assault Non-muslims In Immigration (23/05/02) #3181
Detention Centres Australia
Barnabasfund, 20 May 2002
A deeply disturbing scandal has emerged in Australia's immigration detention centres
where Christians and other non-Muslim asylum-seekers have been "stoned,
assaulted, sexually harassed and abused by Islamic fanatics".
'Soldiers in Maluku must shed ethnic, sectarian sentiments' (22/05/02) #3172
The Jakarta Post, 22 May 2002
Oktovianus Pinontoan, The Jakarta Post, Ambon
The Army's Strategic Reserve Command (Kostrad) Commander, Lt. Gen. Ryamizard
Ryacudu, told soldiers deployed in the sectarian hot spot of Maluku to shed their
prejudices in favor of their own ethnic groups and religions, and, instead, remain loyal
both to the state and the Indonesian Military (TNI).
Soldiers ordered to be neutral, to stamp out separatists (22/05/02) #3171
The Jakarta Post, 5/21/2002 3:09:56 PM
JAKARTA (JP): Army Strategic Reserve Command (Kostrad) chief Lt. Gen.
Ryamizard Ryacudu has ordered all members of the Indonesian Military (TNI) to
maintain their neutrality and not to take sides with certain ethnic and religious groups.