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May 30, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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May 19, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
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."
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February 23, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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January 31, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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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.
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January 28, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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January 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
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.
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January 24, 2005 | Barbara Demick, Times Staff Writer
From behind a rickety wooden crate on which he has spread out cans of Coca-Cola and cigarettes, Mohammed Yunus warily eyes the bare legs of a blond woman in khaki shorts as she helps carry a ladder. A welter of emotions flickers over his face. Until three weeks ago, this sleepy provincial capital was about as far off the beaten track as it got.
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January 9, 2005 | From Associated Press
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.
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