Jakarta angry at Aceh 'meddling'
The Indonesian Government has hit back at criticism of its extension of martial law in troubled Aceh province. A foreign ministry spokesman said a statement of concern issued by the United States, Japan and European Union was “leading to meddling”. The joint statement came after Jakarta extended martial law for six months, in a bid to suppress separatist rebels from the Free Aceh Movement (Gam). Hundreds of fighters and civilians have died since a crackdown began in May. The decision to authorise an extension was made during a meeting between President Megawati Sukarnoputri and ministers and generals in Jakarta on Thursday. Full Story