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Weapons Handover to Begin in Aceh Province

Separatist rebels and Indonesian troops are preparing to hand over hundreds of weapons and withdraw thousands of troops from the forested hills of Aceh province — the most sensitive concessions in their accord to end the 29-year civil war. The peace deal, which will help ease the flow of aid to tsunami victims, is seen as Aceh’s best chance in years to bring a permanent end to the fighting that has claimed 15,000 lives, many of them civilians. But fear and mistrust run deep, and analysts warn that if the agreement does unravel it will happen during the delicate phase of disarmament and demobilization — a four-month operation that kicks off Thursday.Full Story

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