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Indonesian police still hold rebel delegates, peace meeting in jeopardy

Indonesian police were still holding five separatist rebel delegates who were arrested on their way to crucial peace talks in Tokyo with the Jakarta government. The Free Aceh Movement (GAM) said it would boycott Saturday’s talks unless the men are freed. Indonesian officials have described the Tokyo meeting as the last chance to save a five-month-old peace pact and avert a major “security operation” in the province. Aircraft, warships and thousands of troops are being readied. There were further preparations Friday for a possible military assault. Top security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was meeting in Jakarta with other ministers, the armed forces and police chiefs and officials from Aceh but reporters were barred. Full Story

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