July 12, 2006 |
Indonesia passed a law granting Aceh province greater autonomy and paving the way for local elections, cementing the terms of a landmark 2005 peace accord with separatist rebels. But some former guerrillas said the law -- which allows them to run for office and gives Aceh control over 70% of its natural resources -- provides for less self-rule than promised by the government. They demanded that international monitors look into their complaints.
December 30, 2005 |
Indonesian soldiers lugged guns and heavy bags up gangplanks Thursday as they completed the final phase of a troop reduction in Aceh province -- a key step in an accord with separatist rebels to end a nearly 30-year war. The last of 24,000 troops pulled out on five navy ships and a Hercules air carrier, just days after Free Aceh Movement rebels completed the hand-over of their weapons and disbanded their military wing.
December 27, 2005 |
Indonesia's Aceh rebels formally disbanded their armed wing today, fulfilling the next step of a tsunami-inspired peace plan to end one of Asia's longest separatist conflicts. "The Acehnese national army, or the armed wing of the Free Aceh Movement, has demobilized and disbanded," Sofyan Daud, a former rebel commander, told reporters. "The Aceh national army is now part of civil society and will work to make the peace deal a success." The action would take effect immediately, he said.
December 20, 2005 |
Former rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province have completed the hand-over of their weapons, fulfilling one of the most crucial points of a peace deal to end 29 years of fighting, international peace monitors said. Under the accord, Indonesia agreed to withdraw nearly 24,000 troops from the oil- and gas-rich province by year's end, and the rebels to surrender all firearms. They handed in 1,018 guns.
September 15, 2005 |
Indonesian police pulled out of Aceh province in a goodwill gesture as rebels prepared to hand over hundreds of weapons under a peace deal signed last month. The deal's success depends almost entirely on the disarmament and demobilization. The pact called for an immediate cessation of hostilities. It also said the rebels would have to surrender their weapons before year's end.
August 16, 2005 |
The Indonesian government and Acehnese rebel leaders signed a landmark agreement Monday in Helsinki, Finland, that ends one of Asia's longest-running wars and brings peace to a region devastated by the Dec. 26 tsunami. After fighting for nearly 29 years, the rebel Free Aceh Movement agreed to drop its demand for the independence of Aceh province in exchange for the opportunity to participate in the political process.