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Aceh Rebels Would Delay Secession Demands

Rebels in Aceh province said Monday they are willing to put their demand for secession on hold if Indonesia accepts a “face-saving” formula that would allow the tsunami-hit region to hold an independence referendum within five to 10 years. The two sides held talks over the weekend in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, to consider a possible cease-fire and to reopen a peace process that was broken in May 2003 by the Indonesian military. Although the meeting ended inconclusively, both sides have said negotiations will resume in February. Teungku Adam, a rebel commander in Aceh who said he had been in touch with rebel negotiators in Scandinavia, said the Indonesian side wanted them to accept an autonomy package before agreeing to a formal cease-fire. Full Story

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