Moro Islamic Organizations Visit Poso
Sunday, 23 November, 2008 | 22:58 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: A team representing people from muslim dominated
region of Moro in Southern Philippines visited the conflict area of Poso in
Central Sulawesi this weekend. The team consisting of seven people representing
islamic education institutions and organizations in Moro held several meeting
including with the senior clerics in the region.
The visit was facilitated by the Jakarta Islamic State University and delegates
from the Philippines arrived inhe region on Friday. On Sunday the Civil Society
Empowerment Institute facilitate the meeting between the group and local senior
clerics, where the sies discussed on the history of conflict in Moro and Poso
and and conflict resolution in Poso. Head of the philippines delegation Ismael
Mastura of Sultan Kudarat Islamic Academy said after the meeting that their
visit would hopefully collect several references in solving the Moro conflict.
The group then visited the Hidayatullah islamic school in Gebang Rejo, Poso.
Poso interreligious conflict which killed over 500 people began in late 1998
which reemerged in mid 2000, the government initiated a peace pact between the
opposing sides in 2001.