The state of civil emergency in North Maluku
was ended because the level of violence in the province dropped significantly after the signing of a peace agreement between conflicting parties last year.
Japan will provide a combined $1 million to four international organizations to help people in the eastern Indonesian islands of Maluku
, where a two-year sectarian conflict has claimed thousands of lives, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.
Taufik said in Ternate, North Maluku
, "The construction of the airport will start this year.
The movement resumed its activities after sectarian conflicts between Christians and Muslims rocked the Maluku
Islands, known outside of Indonesia as the Moluccas, from early 1999.
The Meteorological and Geophysics Office in North Maluku
has warned of rainstorms in the area and advised ships not to put to sea.
Natural forests allowed to be exploited are located mainly in Sumatra, Kalimantan, Papua, Sulawesi, and Maluku
Geological Survey put the quake's epicenter in the Molucca Sea some 220 kilometers north of the North Maluku
provincial capital Ternate, 330 km east-northeast of the North Sulawesi provincial capital Manado and 950 km west-southwest of Davao on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.
On Sunday, minor clashes and tension were reported in Masohi, the main town of Seram Island in Central Maluku
, and its surrounding areas, claiming at least 61 Muslims, mostly Javanese migrants, and 12 Christians.
The unrest in the provinces of Maluku
and North Maluku
, known as the Spice Islands during Dutch colonial rule, has claimed nearly 1,000 lives in the past two weeks.
A bomb explosion rocked the Maluku
Islands in eastern Indonesian on Saturday, injuring at least 14 people, a local police spokesman said.
Those onboard are personnel of the timber company Sindo Utama Raya based in the North Maluku
provincial capital Ternate, and others, including six Indonesian police officers and 10 boat crew, Udjud said.
Weeks of fighting between Christians and Muslims have left more than 200 people dead in Ambon and nearby areas in Maluku