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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...

2005-08-15 08:11:03

By Rex Merrifield and Peter Starck HELSINKI (Reuters) - The Indonesian government and rebels from Aceh signed a truce on Monday aimed at ending nearly three decades of fighting in the province devastated by last December's tsunami. The deal, signed in Helsinki by Indonesian Justice Minister Hamid Awaluddin and Malik Mahmud of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), provides for an amnesty and disarming of the rebels from September 15 and restricts government troop movements in Aceh....

2005-08-03 07:09:13

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - At least 20 people were reported killed overnight in the Sudanese capital as clashes between northerners and southerners extended to a third day on Wednesday after the death of former southern rebel leader John Garang. Violence in Khartoum erupted on Monday when angry southerners took to the streets after the official announcement of the death in a helicopter crash of Garang, who fought the northern government for two decades before making peace....

2005-08-01 02:15:44

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will grant amnesty to rebels from the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) by the end of this month after the signing of a peace agreement, the country's information minister said on Monday. Indonesia is scheduled to sign the agreement with GAM on Aug. 15 to end decades of bloody conflict that has claimed the lives of more than 12,000 people, mostly civilians. "Amnesty will be given by the latest 15 days after the signing," minister Sofyan Djalil told reporters. This...

2005-07-25 06:41:15

By Andrew Cawthorne NAIROBI (Reuters) - Hailed as a major African success story, the deal to end Sudan's 21-year civil war is under threat from a reluctant ruling party, an unreformed rebel movement and wrangling over oil, a think-tank said on Monday. "Implementation lags badly," the International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a gloomy review of the January accord ending the north-south conflict that was Africa's longest-running civil war. "There is growing frustration as early expectations...

2005-07-21 03:38:27

By Tomi Soetjipto and Muklis Ali JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's President has told the military to exercise restraint following clashes with rebels in Aceh which broke out after a draft peace agreement was concluded, a palace spokesman said on Thursday. Andi Mallarangeng also told Reuters that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's government still expects comprehensive peace in Aceh, where three decades of fighting have killed at least 12,000 people. The peace agreement between the...

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...

2005-07-17 03:24:46

By Mantik Kusjanto HELSINKI (Reuters) - Indonesia and Aceh rebels have agreed the formula for a peace deal to end a 30-year-old conflict that has cost 12,000 lives in the province that was laid waste by last December's tsunami, Indonesia said on Sunday. A last-minute compromise overcoming Jakarta's resistance to the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) becoming a political party meant a draft agreement can be finalized for a formal truce signature before Indonesia's independence day celebrations on...

2005-07-17 02:16:44

HELSINKI (Reuters) - The Indonesian government gave the go-ahead on Sunday for a deal with Aceh rebels that will let them run for political office in the province, meaning a draft peace deal can now be signed, an Indonesian minister said. "The differences have been ironed out," Information Minister Sofyan Djalil told Reuters in Helsinki before the final day of a fifth round of peace talks, which are now expected to produce an blueprint for a truce ending 30 years of bloodshed. The Free...


Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'