Emergency status lifted in Indonesian province

Indonesia is to lift a state of civil emergency imposed in part of the Maluku islands.

The emergency status for Maluku and North Maluku provinces was imposed in 2000 after Muslim-Christian fighting broke out in the Maluku capital Ambon in 1999.

The emergency will be revoked only in North Maluku province.

About 5,000 people were killed and 500,000 driven from their homes in the Malukus until a shaky truce took hold a year ago.

06/03/2003 05:08:42 | ABC Radio Australia News


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