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Jakarta calls for Aceh truce

Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla has said his government wants a permanent truce with rebels in Aceh. Both sides had already undertaken to observe a ceasefire following the Asian tsunami, but Mr Kalla said on Friday he wanted it made permanent. Rebels from the Free Aceh Movement (Gam) have not responded to the offer. Analysts are unsure if the tsunami will bring both sides to talks to end the decades-long conflict, or whether its disruption will be exploited. Gam repeated on Thursday its offer of a ceasefire, and Mr Kalla responded positively. But on Friday he went further, telling reporters: “Ceasefire means you stop now, and fight another day. No, we’re making (it) permanently,” he said. Full Story

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