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2006-01-05 01:01:12

LHOKSEUMAWE, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia finally withdrew its last police reinforcements from Aceh province on Thursday under a landmark peace deal after problems finding ships to return them to their home bases. The withdrawal marked the final stage in a pullout of tens of thousands of Indonesian soldiers and police reinforcements from Aceh under the peace agreement between rebels and government forces. On Thursday, 2,150 policemen jostled to board a warship in the port city of...

2005-12-31 06:17:10

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Transport problems have delayed until early next week the withdrawal of Indonesia's last police reinforcements from Aceh province, the final stage in a pullout of tens of thousands of soldiers and police under a landmark peace deal, police said. The contingent, which had been due to leave on Saturday, was likely to leave on Monday because of problems getting a vessel to ship them home. The peace agreement was spurred by the devastation of the Indian Ocean tsunami...

2005-12-29 01:06:08

LHOKSEUMAWE, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's military pulled the last of its troop reinforcements from Aceh province on Thursday, fulfilling one of the major conditions of a landmark peace agreement with separatist rebels. The withdrawal of 2,500 soldiers on Thursday comes after the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) disbanded its military wing this week. The Finnish-mediated pact ended one of Asia's longest running wars. It was signed in August after talks between the two sides accelerated...

2005-10-24 01:22:24

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's military will complete the second phase of a four-stage troop withdrawal from Aceh on Monday, part of a landmark peace pact to end decades of rebellion in the tsunami-devastated province. The last batch of soldiers involved in the phase that began last week was scheduled to leave from the northern Aceh town of Lhokseumawe, once a hotbed of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels fighting for independence. "God willing by today we would meet the target on...

2005-09-19 03:14:29

(Corrects day of the week in the third paragraph.) A corrected version follows: JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will pull 2,600 soldiers out of Aceh province on Tuesday as it steps up the withdrawal of troops under a peace agreement that ended decades of conflict with rebels, an army spokesman said. On Sunday, 800 troops were shipped out after the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) fulfilled its part of the first phase of the landmark Helsinki pact by surrendering more than a quarter of its...

2005-09-19 01:59:08

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will pull 2,600 soldiers out of Aceh province on Tuesday as it steps up the withdrawal of troops under a peace agreement that ended decades of conflict with rebels, an army spokesman said. On Sunday, 800 troops were shipped out after the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) fulfilled its part of the first phase of the landmark Helsinki pact by surrendering more than a quarter of its arsenal. "Four battalions, each consisting of 650 troops, will leave Aceh on...

2005-09-18 07:39:57

By Tommy Ardiansyah and Heru Asprihanto LHOKSEUMAWE, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia began withdrawing troops from Aceh on Sunday following completion of an initial arms surrender by rebels, a key part of an agreement aimed at ending nearly 30 years of conflict. Soldiers joked and laughed as they carried automatic weapons before boarding a ship at a port in Lhokseumawe on Aceh's northern coast. Aceh army chief Supiadin told reporters 800 soldiers were sent off from the port on...

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...

2005-07-20 08:54:39

By Jerry Norton and Telly Nathalia JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia announced on Wednesday a September start for the withdrawal of some of its troops from tsunami-devastated Aceh province, following the unveiling of a draft peace deal to end three decades of conflict with rebels. Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels said at least 10 people had died in fighting between its forces and the government since negotiators in Helsinki announced the peace deal at the weekend. The government would scale...


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conjunto
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The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin