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U.S. Steers Indonesia Away From War Against Separatists

Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul D. Wolfowitz warned the Indonesian Army today that its war against separatist rebels in the northern province of Aceh could not be won militarily. In a second rebuke to Indonesia, Mr. Wolfowitz, who was the American ambassador there in the late 1980’s, said the government had to be more forthcoming with the United States over who was responsible for the killing of two Americans who died during an armed attack in the eastern province of Irian Jaya last year. The Indonesian military began a large-scale offensive against separatist guerrillas in Aceh nearly two weeks ago, after peace talks collapsed. The government said it would no longer tolerate the demands for independence by the rebels, who have resisted successive army offensives for nearly 30 years. Full Story

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