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Australia to extend fund to Indonesia's troubled Maluku

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CANBERRA (March 30) XINHUA - Australia will donate 3.2 million Australian dollars (1.86 million U.S. dollars) to the strife-torn Indonesian province of Maluku, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Thursday.

Maluku has been rocked by religious violence between Christians and Muslims over the past 12 months.

Downer said Australia would extend the fund to the area due to ongoing concern over the humanitarian and security situation.

Of that, 2 million Australian dollars (1.24 million U.S. dollars) would go to a U.N. emergency program, while 1.2 million Australian dollars (744,000 U.S. dollars) would go to some local organizations.

Australia has contributed about 2.3 million Australian dollars (1.43 million U.S. dollars) in aid since the unrest in Maluku began.

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