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Rebels in Indonesia’s Aceh start handing in weapons

Former rebels in Indonesia’s Aceh province began handing in guns to foreign monitors on Thursday under a landmark peace agreement, but differences emerged over what weapons counted under the deal. The weapons handover is one of the most important elements of the accord that ended 30 years of conflict in Aceh. Some 15,000 people, mainly civilians, were killed in the war. Wearing jeans and T-shirts, former fighters of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) arrived at a field in the provincial capital Banda Aceh in a convoy of vehicles and promptly pulled out automatic weapons, rifles and pistols from white sacks. Full Story

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