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2005-09-16 01:04:00

By Jerry Norton BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia will begin withdrawing thousands of troops from Aceh as soon as the rebels complete the first stage of arms surrender this weekend under a landmark peace deal, the military said on Friday. On Thursday, the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) handed in some 80 manufactured and homemade firearms in the first phase of a four-part process under the August 15 agreement with the government that ended three decades of fighting. The rebels...

2005-09-15 01:46:52

By Jerry Norton BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Former rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province began handing in their weapons to foreign monitors on Thursday under a landmark peace agreement that ended one of Asia's longest running conflicts. The weapons handover is one of the most important elements of the accord, signed in Helsinki on August 15. Some 15,000 people, mainly civilians, were killed in 30 years of war. Wearing jeans and T-shirts, former fighters of the Free Aceh Movement...

2005-09-14 21:41:06

By Jerry Norton BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Former rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province start handing in guns to foreign monitors on Thursday, launching one of the most important elements of a peace deal that ended 30 years of civil war. Monitors from Europe and Southeast Asia will take 200 reporters in buses to a location still being kept secret in the Aceh Besar regency to witness the weapons handover at around midday (0500 GMT). The guns will then be cut into pieces by...

2005-09-14 05:47:43

By Jerry Norton KRUENG RAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) - As he impales coconuts on a sharp blade and twists them to remove the husks, M. Nur Taib says things are looking up. The 35-year-old father of three lost his house and his job when last December's tsunami slammed into Indonesia's Aceh province. He and his family still live in a makeshift shelter of plastic sheets, canvas and wood. But he smiles as he works bare-chested in the tropical heat, clad only in shorts and sandals. "Things...

2005-09-14 02:36:04

By Tommy Ardiansyah LHOKSEUMAWE, Indonesia (Reuters) - More than 1,000 Indonesian police boarded a naval vessel to leave Aceh on Wednesday as part of a peace deal with rebels that will halve the number of security forces in the province. The pullout by 1,300 members of the elite police mobile brigade comes a day before Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels start handing over guns to foreign monitors under an August 15 peace accord that ended one of Asia's longest-running civil wars....

2005-09-13 03:14:40

By Jerry Norton BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Former rebels in Indonesia's Aceh will start handing in guns this week as elite police units begin pulling out, kicking off a key phase in implimenting a landmark peace deal ending 30 years of civil war. Decommissioning of weapons owned by the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) begins in the province on Thursday under the eyes of an international team of monitors following the August 15 peace deal. "So far, conditions in the field are very...

2005-09-01 11:15:44

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - Rebuilding after December's devastating tsunami and the dawn of peace in Indonesia's Aceh province could mean annihilation for the region's orangutans. The area is the last refuge on Sumatra island of the timid and highly intelligent "people of the forest" which live high in the trees of dense rainforest and are already on the endangered list as their habitat shrinks under human onslaught. "It is a double-edged sword," Ian Singleton, scientific...

2005-08-31 02:00:30

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Hundreds of Acehnese rebels walked free from Indonesian jails on Wednesday under a sweeping amnesty that forms a vital plank of a landmark peace agreement signed in Helsinki this month. Some 2,000 jailed members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) are expected to be released after President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono issued the amnesty late on Tuesday. The peace deal was agreed after GAM gave up its demand for independence in tsunami-devastated Aceh...

2005-08-30 05:19:32

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia failed to issue an amnesty for some 2,000 jailed members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) on Tuesday, despite a pledge to do so. The amnesty is a key plank of the peace deal which saw GAM give up their demand for independence in tsunami-devastated Aceh province, effectively ending three decades of bloody fighting. Vice President Jusuf Kalla had said the government would grant the amnesty on Tuesday following an August 15 truce between the government and...

2005-08-25 07:29:54

LEUPUNG, Indonesia (Reuters) - The first post-tsunami infrastructure project in Indonesia's Aceh province got underway on Thursday with the awarding of an initial contract for a $245 million U.S.-funded coastal road. Large parts of the 240 km (150 miles) west coast road linking the provincial capital Banda Aceh and the city of Meulaboh were destroyed by the massive December 26 waves. As a result, aid agencies and foreign militaries involved in the emergency relief effort were forced...


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