RealNews

Rebels drop demand for independent Aceh

Separatist rebels in the tsunami-ravaged Indonesian province of Aceh will drop their demand for independence if Jakarta withdraws its security forces, allows them to form a political party and eventually holds a referendum on any settlement, a member of their delegation at newly reconvened peace talks told the Guardian yesterday. This is the first time in the 29-year history of the Free Aceh Movement (Gam) that separation from Indonesia or a vote on independence has not been a prerequisite to any resolution of the conflict, said Damien Kingsbury, an Australian political adviser to the Gam negotiators. Full Story

OODA Analyst

OODA Analyst

OODA is comprised of a unique team of international experts capable of providing advanced intelligence and analysis, strategy and planning support, risk and threat management, training, decision support, crisis response, and security services to global corporations and governments.