July 17, 2005

Indonesia and Aceh rebels to sign truce Aug. 15

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Indonesia's government and Aceh rebels
will sign a truce on Aug. 15 to bring peace to the province
after a 30-year-conflict that has taken over 12,000 lives, both
sides said on Sunday after talks in Helsinki.

Jakarta and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), which has dropped
its demand for independence for the province on Sumatra island,
made a last-minute compromise on the guerrillas' demands to be
able to form a political party and run in Acehnese elections.