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Jakarta Gives Aceh Rebels Another Chance for Talks

Indonesia said yesterday it was still willing to talk to Aceh separatists to try to save a fragile peace agreement, but demanded the rebels stop pushing for independence and start disarming. The government gave the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) between one and two weeks to respond and held back from launching a full-scale military operation. ‘GAM is still given the chance,’ said military chief General Endriartono Sutarto. ‘The law enforcement operations, the security operations will be launched only if GAM ignores the opportunity given by the government,’ he said. He said there were no plans at present to send more troops to the province, where a separatist revolt has been waged since 1976. Full Story

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