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Mediation fruitless in Yogyakarta church office dispute

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

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Yogyakarta   /   Fri, March 13, 2020   /  07:45 pm
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A pedicab driver passes the iconic Yogyakarta Monument.(JP/Anggertimur Lanang Tinarbuko)

The Gunungkidul Investment and Integrated Service Agency in Yogyakarta has not issued a building permit (IMB) for the regional classis office of the Javanese Christian Churches (GKJ) in Grogol I village, Bejiharjo, Gunungkidul regency, amid protests from residents despite a 2018 court ruling that supported the office’s establishment. “We cannot see it as black and white. We will issue the permit when there are no more refusals from residents,” agency head Irawan Jatmiko told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. The Gunungkidul regency administration and the local Interfaith Harmony Forum (FKUB) conducted a mediation session, which included the Grogol 1 villagers and the executive body of the Gunungkidul classis, at the regency hall on Tuesday. However, no agreement was made between the two parties. Village chief Agung Waluyo, who joined the mediation session with ...