"We've taken a passive approach because these jihad Muslims came here to help their Muslim brothers [rebuild]," said Saleh Latuconsina, governor of Ambon and the Maluku Islands, in his first-ever interview with foreign correspondents.
"Only about 10 percent of them have been militant."
The governor, a Muslim, said "cracking down on the people who are organizing this would be counterproductive and would make the situation worse."
Is the conflict a religious war?"No, no," Latuconsina
insisted, pointing at his
cabinet staff, which includes Vice-governor Paula B. Renyaan, a Christian.