April 17, 2005 |
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.
February 23, 2005 |
Separatists in Aceh province are ready to drop their 30-year struggle for independence from Indonesia in return for some degree of self-rule, a spokesman said. The Free Aceh Movement and the government are holding peace talks in Helsinki, Finland. Self-government "is the main thing on the table," rebel spokesman Bakhtiar Abdullah said.
January 31, 2005 |
Indonesia's military said it had killed four rebels during a clash in Aceh province, where a massive aid effort for tsunami victims was underway. Rebels were not immediately available for comment, but the military said the clash happened in Madat, on the eastern side of the province, two miles from the coast. The two sides cut short peace talks in Finland on Saturday without a breakthrough to end the 30-year conflict in the separatist region.
January 30, 2005
Indonesian government and rebel leaders from tsunami-devastated Aceh province broke off negotiations in Finland's capital, Helsinki, after failing to agree on a cease-fire in their 30-year conflict. Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari urged both sides to quickly resume talks. The government and the Free Aceh Movement agreed to the negotiations after the Dec. 26 tsunami. Both sides pledged to freeze military operations to focus on helping tsunami victims.
January 28, 2005 |
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono offered rebels in tsunami-hit Aceh province autonomy and an amnesty in exchange for a cease-fire. The rebels have long demanded full independence. The warring sides were expected to start talks in Helsinki, Finland, probably today, to try to reach a formal cease-fire.
January 9, 2005 |
Suspected separatist rebels fired shots early today near U.N. relief operations headquarters, officials said. There were no casualties. Gunmen believed to be Free Aceh Movement rebels fired at officers guarding the home of Aceh province's deputy police chief, about 100 yards from the United Nations building, police Sgt. Bambang Hariyanpo said. Police returned fire, but the guerrillas escaped, he said. Police and U.N. officials said the relief headquarters was not the target.
July 1, 2003 |
Helicopter gunships attacked a hilly rebel stronghold in Indonesia's Aceh province, forcing thousands of villagers to flee their homes, officials said today. It was the second time the military has used airstrikes against the guerrillas since it launched its latest anti-insurgency offensive May 19. The rebel casualty toll was not known. The Free Aceh Movement has been fighting since 1976 for independence for the oil- and gas-rich province on the northern tip of Sumatra.
December 20, 2001 |
An Indonesian air force transport plane was in flames after being hit by ground fire today as it was landing at an airport in separatist-racked Aceh province, a military spokesman said. The Hercules C-130 was burning on the runway, Maj. Zainal Mataquin said. The number on board was not immediately clear, and it wasn't known right away if anyone was killed. The aircraft was landing at Lhokseumawe, a town in northeastern Aceh that is the center of the province's natural gas industry.
June 3, 2000 |
A cease-fire took effect Friday in Indonesia's separatist Aceh province, but the historic step toward more autonomy was overshadowed by a rebel leader's assassination. In neighboring Malaysia, police said unidentified gunmen killed Teuku Don Zulfahri, head of the Malaysian chapter of the Free Aceh Movement, in a restaurant Thursday night. The motive for the killing was not immediately clear, but a rebel spokesman in Aceh accused the Indonesian military.