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(AsiaNews) – The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) today called on Jakarta to issue a government decree (Keppres) to manage the interminable conflict in Poso in the Sulawesi archipelago. According to the special DPR committee on Poso (Pansus Poso), an extraordinary law is required because so far, the regional government’s standard laws have not succeeded in eliminating frequent violence which continues to plague Poso and outlying areas. In a press conference at the DPR headquarters this afternoon, Muhaimin Iskander, Pansus Poso vice-president, said the special committee has drafted a series of recommendations for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono about how to resolve Poso’s problems. More than 85% of Indonesia ’s 220 million inhabitants are Muslim, but in zones like the Sulawesi and Moluccas provinces, the population is equally divided into Christians and Muslims. The war between the two communities in Sulawesi erupted in 1999. A peace agreement signed in 2001 sought to calm the situation even if there are still clashes and tensions. (MH)