posted on Jul, 17 2005 @ 05:41 AM
29 years of war came to an abrupt end Saturday, with the Indonesian President's approval of a peace agreement with rebels from the Aceh province.
Under the peace deal, negotiated in Finland, the rebels would gain political representation and tsunami relief aid. The Aceh province was devastated
by that event, and has yet to recover.
The draft accord, which hinged on an agreement to allow the separatist Free Aceh Movement to form its own political party, was sent to Jakarta for
approval by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
"The president has agreed to the draft submitted by GAM about political parties" Djalil said Sunday morning, referring to the Free Aceh Movement by
its Indonesian acronym.
The two sides are scheduled to meet later in the day to initial the deal. It will be signed at a formal ceremony in the Finnish capital in
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Could it be for real? The Indonesian people hope so. The Indonesian Government hopes so. The energy lobby for foreign investors hopes so. Even
other nations in similar situations, places like the Philippines and Thailand, want this to happen. It would surely be nice to see these conflicts
The guerillas hope so, conditional on their ability to do with a political party what they've been trying to accomplish for the last 29 years with
They want a free islamic republic, and there're ample reasons to think they'll continue to want that. Aceh is very rich in natural energy resources,
both oil and gas. It's unlikely the Indonesian government is willing to give that territory up to any newly formed independent state.