Friday, April 21, 2006

After 30 years

Remember Aceh, the part of Indonesia devastated by the December 26, 2004 tsunami?

BBC reports that on April 19, nine leaders of the Free Aceh Movement who had been living in exile in Sweden returned to Aceh for the first time in 30 years.

As 2005 drew to a close, both sides completed the reciprocal 4-stage demobilization/disarmament and troop withdrawal processes for the armed wing of the Free Aceh movement and Indonesian military units, respectively. Wednesday's return, symbolic as it may have been, signaled that another aspect of the peace accord was underway: the formation of political parties.

Is Jakarta reformed or at least reforming?


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