Mon, 20 Nov 2000

Komnas HAM Inquiry working on blueprint

AMBON, Maluku: The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) through its Inquiry Commission on Human Rights Violations and Maluku Mediation (KPMM) is now working on a blueprint which would map conflict prone areas in the region.

Inquiry chairman Bambang W. Soeharto said conducive areas, preventive areas and conflict potential areas would be identified on the map.

"The map is aimed at arranging a reconciliation program, and will be followed by integrated mapping for various aspects," Bambang said.

Besides mapping, Bambang said, the Inquiry is conducting a simultaneous social interaction program between two conflicting communities. He added that the Inquiry believes that the prolonged conflict in Maluku was a cumulative result of social, economic and political problems.

"Therefore, handling the conflict can not be partially done but has to be handled through a comprehensive and intensive approach," Bambang said.

Government, he added, should establish a national coordination board to handle refugees as they are now in post traumatic syndrome stage, which makes them hard to control in the event of a new outbreak.(hdn)