HELSINKI, Finland — Indonesian government delegates and rebels have made a "breakthrough" in talks aimed at ending a three-decade insurgency in Aceh province, a Finnish mediator said Saturday, but he ruled out U.N. monitoring of any peace deal.
The Free Aceh Movement, which claims about 5,000 fighters, has been struggling for nearly 30 years for a separate homeland in the oil- and gas-rich region of Indonesia.
Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari said the two sides vowed to restrain their forces during the negotiations to define the framework for Aceh's local administrative structure and the details of a rebel amnesty.
The talks have centered on limited self-government for the province and integrating the rebel movement into society.
"I would like to describe this as a breakthrough. We are now looking at the nitty-gritty ... [at] difficult issues they need to consult on both sides and come back," Ahtisaari said.