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Indonesian military refuses peace talks with separatists

Vital relief operations in Indonesia’s devastated Aceh province were severely hampered yesterday, when authorities cited security concerns and threatened to expel foreign aid workers who failed to register their movements outside the capital, Banda Aceh. The government threats appeared to curtail hopes that the Boxing Day tsunami disaster would bring an end to a bloody 18-month campaign by the military against separatists in the province. The Free Aceh movement (GAM) declared a unilateral ceasefire in the wake of the catastrophe, a move swiftly echoed by Jakarta but which has not been formalised. Full Story

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