July 17, 2005 |
The Indonesian government and rebels from Aceh province reached a tentative agreement in talks here Saturday to end one of the world's longest-running wars, negotiators from both sides said. The draft accord, which hinged on an agreement to allow the separatist Free Aceh Movement to form its own political party, still has to be endorsed by the government in Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, before the two sides can initial it.
May 30, 2005 |
Indonesian government and rebel negotiators discussed proposals for amnesty and self-government in the fourth day of talks in Finland aimed at ending the decades-old separatist conflict in Aceh province, the mediator's office said. The talks were upbeat, and progress was reported between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement, said Maria-Elena Cowell, a spokeswoman for former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari.
May 19, 2005 |
Indonesia lifted emergency rule in Aceh province but said soldiers would remain. Rebels demanded their withdrawal. Two years ago, Jakarta abandoned peace talks and launched an offensive against the Free Aceh Movement. After the Dec. 26 tsunami, rebels proclaimed a truce and the government reopened peace talks. Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silahahi said the troops would stay "to restore peace and order" and help "safeguard the process of rehabilitation and reconstruction."
March 9, 2005 |
The government announced Tuesday that it was "reviewing the presence of all humanitarian organizations" working on tsunami relief in Aceh province, raising fears that some foreign groups will be told to scale back operations or leave the area just as billions of dollars in reconstruction aid begins to roll in. Aid groups have been on edge, waiting to hear the Indonesian government's plans for the province after the state of emergency triggered by the tsunami formally ends March 26.
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 24, 2005 |
Mediators on Sunday persuaded the Indonesian government and rebels in Aceh province to meet for negotiations on a cease-fire, trying to forge peace out of last month's tsunami tragedy.