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Aceh offensive breeds chaos, fear The Indonesian military says it is trying to help Aceh's 4 million people by imposing martial law and launching a land, sea and air offensive to crush separatist rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). But less than two weeks after the launch of the operation, it has brought only heartbreak and fear for many Acehnese. "We are anxious and on edge," a transportation worker said. "We are at a loss what to do."

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 29 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bomber: 'I knew Bin Laden well' A man who has confessed to being one of those who carried out last year's bomb attacks in Bali admitted yesterday having known Osama bin Laden, but said the al-Qaida chief played no part in attacking the Indonesian resort. Ali Ghufron, known as Mukhlas, was giving evidence for the prosecution at the trial in Jakarta of Abu Bakar Ba'aysir, the alleged spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), the group held responsible for the Bali bombings that killed 202 people last October.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia cuts key rate Indonesia's central bank, Bank Indonesia, said on Thursday it had cut a key policy rate, the rupiah intervention rate, by 0.25 percentage points to 10.5 percent. The central bank has been guiding interest rates down for more than a year, although they still remain among the highest in Asia.

Posted in Economy @ 29 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke haze from burning vegetation back in Indonesia Smoke haze from burning vegetation has returned to parts of the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo, and is starting to affect visibility. A meteorology official at Pekanbaru in central Sumatra said the haze had reduced morning and late afternoon visibility to between two and three kilometres compared to the normal level of above 10 kilometres.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: '76 rebels killed, no civilians shot' Indonesia's armed forces reported 76 separatist rebels killed so far in Aceh province since an offensive began on May 19. As the assault went into its ninth day, the military repeated denials that seven people killed in a shooting incident last week were civilians. A military spokesman said two more Free Aceh Movement (GAM) members were killed on Tuesday in West Aceh, bringing the total to 76.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 28 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia bars aid workers from Aceh The Indonesian government barred foreign aid workers and non-governmental organizations from Aceh province, the site of a large military action against separatists rebels. Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda said the ban on NGOs came because some "have political motivations" but security issues were also mentioned. He added that any foreign aid to the region would be funneled through Jakarta.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Maluku island hit by quake A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has rocked an island in north-east Indonesia, killing one person and damaging dozens of houses. One report said a three-year-old child was killed in the quake, which hit the island of Morotai in North Maluku. "Reports from the area said 20 houses were totally destroyed and 28 others damaged," said Handi Sulistion, an official at the Jakarta's office of the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian attacks on rebels continue Hundreds of paratroopers jumped into combat while warplanes swooped in to fire rockets at a suspected rebel base in the hills outside the provincial capital. Staged more for TV cameras than for tactical needs, the spectacular attack last Monday launched Indonesia's biggest military operation since it invaded East Timor in 1975. But a week into the campaign against separatist rebels in Aceh province, the fighting already looks a lot like the guerrilla war that people here have endured for 27 years, one marked by few strategic victories and allegations of widespread rights abuses.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 26 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Food crisis looms in troubled Aceh region Soldiers guarded trucks carrying fuel and other staples into Indonesia's Aceh province Saturday as the military warned that food was running out in parts of the region. Prices have doubled in some areas because of the dangers of traveling since Jakarta launched an offensive Monday to crush a 27-year-old separatist rebellion. On Thursday, UNICEF warned of a "grave humanitarian crisis" in the province. It said basic health services and programs for assisting poor families and their children had collapsed.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 25 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Downer: 'Asia can't afford Aceh independence' Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has warned that Australia could face an unstable region if the Indonesian province of Aceh becomes independent. There have been claims unarmed civilians and children have been killed in Aceh, as the Indonesian army cracks down on rebel fighters. Mr Downer says there is no reason for Australia to intervene.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 25 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia tightens grip on Aceh The Indonesian military has announced new moves designed to tighten martial law and prepare for "sweeping" operations across the province. All residents of Aceh will need identity papers, a move linked to Government plans to intern the civilian population in camps while it conducts military sweeps against anyone remaining in the area.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 25 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aussie govt backs Indonesia's Aceh assault Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has offered his support to Indonesia in its fight against separatist rebels in Aceh. The Indonesian military has denied that its forces have killed any civilians in Aceh, where an escalating offensive against separatist rebels is in its sixth day. Villagers in the northern Sumatran province say Indonesian troops have shot dead seven young men and boys.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 24 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New ID cards to foil Aceh rebels Indonesia said on Saturday all civilians in Aceh province, where government forces have launched their biggest offensive in decades, will have to get new ID cards in a bid to stop separatists blending in with the population. Indonesia attacked Aceh on Monday after a five-month peace agreement with the rebels collapsed. The military says 58 rebels have been killed while officials say 23,000 civilians have fled their homes in the province on the northern tip of Sumatra.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 24 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 23000 in Aceh Flee, rebel toll at 58 Indonesia said on Friday 58 separatist rebels in Aceh province have been killed, and 23,000 civilians have fled their homes, since the military began its biggest offensive in years. An Indonesian military document, seen by reporters on Friday afternoon, listed 58 rebels killed, up from a figure of 38 given in the morning.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 May 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to win points on quick Aceh war Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri is gambling on a quick victory in the war in Aceh. If the military crushes a 27-year insurgency for independence in the oil and gas-rich province within the six months commanders have promised, her chances for re-election next year look good.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 May 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Military takes two rebel islands in Aceh province Indonesia's military said Friday it captured two islands from separatist rebels in Aceh province, while thousands of refugees fled fighting elsewhere in the region. The military said in a statement that it had killed 58 guerrillas during the five-day offensive, up from the 38 it reported earlier Friday. The statement gave no more details, but clashes occurred in several parts of the province Friday, rebels and witnesses said. Rebels say 12 of their fighters have been killed, along with 53 civilians.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 38 Aceh rebels killed Indonesia's military said on Friday it had killed 38 rebels in Aceh province since a fresh offensive began, but added the campaign was tough and separatists were melting into the civilian population. With questions being raised over the plight of civilians, the BBC reported a witness alleging troops executed eight villagers.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Jan-April approved FDI up 68.6% Approved foreign direct investment for Indonesia rose 68.6% in the first four months of the year to EUR2.66 billion from the same period last year, Senior Economics Minister Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-jakti said Friday. However, the rise in planned foreign investment wasn't matched by local investors. The minister said approved investment proposals from local investors dropped 51.6% to 4.2 trillion rupiah (EUR1=IDR9,700) in the January-April period from the same period last year.

Posted in Economy @ 23 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fresh clashes in Aceh, curfews possible Indonesian troops fought rebels across six different parts of jungle-clad Aceh province on Thursday, as officers considered imposing night curfews on flashpoints in the region. The military said it had killed several more separatists on Thursday, taking the total since Monday to 16. It said a district rebel commander had also surrendered on Wednesday, the second senior separatist to do so in a week.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 May 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bandung-Semarang railway reopened State-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia reopened on Tuesday its Bandung-Semarang route after a three-year shutdown because of declining passenger load. KAI spokesman Akhmad Sujadi said the all-executive class train Harina began its operation on Tuesday night.

Posted in General @ 22 May 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebels tracked in dense jungle and villages Indonesian troops fanned out in thick jungle and villages across Aceh on Thursday in search of rebels. Earlier the military said it had killed four separatists overnight, taking the total since Monday to 12. A spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) insisted no separatists had been killed and accused the military of murdering nearly 50 civilians. The military denied killing non-combatants.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta sends more troops to Aceh Indonesia says it has sent hundreds more troops to support its attack on separatist rebels in Aceh, amid reports of a mounting death toll from the four-day-old offensive. The military says 325 military policemen and about 300 men from support units have left for Aceh aboard two warships. Indonesia launched its biggest military operation in a quarter-century on Monday to try to wipe out the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) following the breakdown of last-ditch peace talks in Tokyo over the weekend.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sees no early victory in Aceh Indonesian forces clashed Wednesday with separatist rebels in the western province of Aceh, where the military said its campaign could take up to six months. The military says it has killed 15 GAM fighters since the offensive began, while GAM has estimated 20 civilians have been killed by the operation. No independent confirmation was available.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebels: '13 die in fighting' FIERCE fighting between separatist rebels and the military in Indonesia's Aceh province killed 13 people today on the third day of a big army offensive, a rebel spokesman said. Tengku Agam, spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement, known by its Indonesian acronym GAM, said the 13, including 10 civilians, were killed during an attack about 2km kilometres east of the northern Acehnese town of Bireun.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 21 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia warns of Aceh curfew A top Indonesian general says the military may soon impose a curfew across parts of war-torn Aceh province, where a major offensive is underway against separatist rebels. Aceh military commander General Endang Suwarya told reporters that authorities are considering a night curfew in the districts of Bireun and Pidie, where the rebel Free Aceh Movement is very active.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 21 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timor has independence, the military no longer plays a key role in parliament and President Megawati Sukarnoputri has introduced direct presidential elections

Posted in Politics @ 21 May 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia press gloomy on Aceh Indonesian newspapers are broadly pessimistic about the impact of martial law in Aceh province, with some deploring the decision and others seeing it as the least worst option.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2003 00:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebel casualties in Aceh Indonesia's military today sent more paratroopers into Aceh in a massive offensive to destroy separatist rebels, while world leaders urged Jakarta to restart talks with the insurgents. Five rebels were killed and seven others captured yesterday during the first day of the assault, Lieutenant Colonel Achmad Yani Basuki said today.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2003 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Orders Elimination of Aceh Rebels Indonesia's military chief has ordered his troops to eliminate separatist rebels in Aceh, as a military offensive in the northern province moves into its second day. General Endriartono Sutarto told hundreds of officers in Banda Aceh Tuesday that the rebel Free Aceh Movement must be, in his words, "wiped out."

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


65 schools torched in war-torn Aceh Scores of schools were torched on Tuesday in the rebellious province of Aceh, where a renewed military offensive has already left five separatist rebels dead, military officials said. A total of 65 school buildings were burned to the ground in the eastern Aceh district of Bireun, 1,575 kilometres northwest of Jakarta, including one elementary school building that was razed by an unidentified man Tuesday morning, eyewitnesses said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Calls for restraint as Indonesia steps ups offensive Hundreds of Indonesian troops poured into Aceh province to crush pro-independence rebels today but the United States and Australia urged the government and the insurgents to get back to negotiations. The military began one of its biggest operations yet after President Megawati Sukarnoputri declared martial law in Aceh just hours after peace talks in Tokyo with the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) broke down late yesterday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia uses UK Hawks in Aceh offensive Indonesia launched its much-anticipated military offensive against separatists in Aceh province yesterday with displays of "shock therapy" on land, at sea and in the air. It was intended as a demonstration of what the rebels can expect from Jakarta's latest operation to crush the 27-year insurgency.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to allocate $202 mln for Aceh offensive Indonesia said on Tuesday it would allocate 1.7 trillion rupiah ($202 million) from the 2003 state budget to finance the military offensive in Aceh province. The military (TNI) launched a major operation against separatist rebels in the westernmost province on Monday just hours after President Megawati Sukarnoputri put Aceh under martial law. "The funds will come from the reserve account in the budget, 1.2 trillion will be allocated to the TNI and half a trillion for the Indonesian Police," Finance Minister Boediono told reporters.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia urges diplomatic solution in Aceh Malaysia hopes a diplomatic solution will be found to the crisis in neighbouring Indonesia's Aceh, a junior minister said Monday, as hundreds of troops parachuted into the province and rockets blastedsuspected rebel positions. "I hope it will be resolved amicably and in a very peaceful manner," deputy defence minister Mohamad Shafie Apdal told reporters.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 May 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia vows to uproot Aceh rebels The head of the Indonesian army says a major offensive launched on Monday aims to destroy separatist rebels in Aceh province within six months. General Endriartono Sutarto has gone to the Acehnese capital of Banda Aceh to oversee the operations that began with fighter jets firing rockets at suspected positions of the Free Aceh Movement (Gam).

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 May 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia launches air and sea offensive against rebels Indonesian troops launched a major offensive against separtist rebels in Aceh province just hours after the breakdown of peace talks in Tokyo and the imposition of martial law. More than 1,000 elite soldiers landed in the province by sea and air in an operation to "destroy" the Acehnese rebels in what was expected to be Indonesia's biggest military operation since its invasion of East Timor in 1975. The talks in Tokyo broke down when the rebels rejected Jakarta's demands to lay down their weapons, drop their independence bid and accept regional autonomy. The rebels vowed to resist any attack by the military and to fight on for independence.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Troops parachute into Aceh as military operation begins Hundreds of Indonesian MIlitary (TNI) paratroopers dropped into Aceh on Monday and a plane rocketed suspected separatist rebel positions as the military went on the attack following the collapse of peace talks in Tokyo. Some 468 members of a rapid reaction strike force parachuted from six Hercules aircaft to join about 28,000 troops already in the province, said Firdaus Komarno, military spokesman for the operation.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia army starts Aceh attack The Indonesian army has started action against separatist rebels in Aceh, hours after President Megawati Sukarnoputri put the province under martial law.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ACEH UNDER MARTIAL LAW; WAR LOOMS Indonesia's president put Aceh province under martial law Sunday and gave the green light for a major military assault against separatist rebels after last-ditch peace talks in Tokyo collapsed. In a decree read out by an aide, President Megawati Sukarnoputri said the refusal of Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels to accept Indonesian sovereignty over Aceh had endangered the province, requiring the imposition of martial law, effective immediately.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 May 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebel leader says ready for war The leader of separatist rebels from Indonesia's Aceh province said on Sunday his men were ready for with war with Indonesia after last-ditch peace talks in Tokyo collapsed.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 May 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Peace talks on Aceh face collapse Eleventh-hour talks to avert war in Indonesia's restive Aceh province continued in Tokyo last night but Indonesia's list of demands were expected to foil the peace negotiations. The two sides were to begin discussions on Saturday, but refused to meet face-to-face until yesterday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gives Aceh rebels one-day deadline Indonesia has warned separatist rebels in the oil-rich province of Aceh that they have one day to give up their fight for independence, or face a military attack. Indonesia's ultimatum to the Free Aceh Movement comes just after representatives of the two sides ended a first session of last-ditch negotiations with peace mediators in Tokyo.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh peace talks enter second day The Indonesian government and rebel leaders of the Free Aceh Movement or GAM, have entered a second day of talks in Tokyo in an effort to save a fragile six-month ceasefire. Jakarta said the talks were the separatists' last chance to give up their demands for independence or face war.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels warned for imminent strike Indonesia warned Aceh rebels meeting for last-ditch peace talks in Tokyo that they had to give up their fight for independence by Sunday or face an imminent military assault in the resource-rich province. Rattling off demands the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) is unlikely to accept, chief security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the rebels also had to lay down 60 percent of their weapons this month if they wanted to save an ailing peace agreement.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh talks to start; Indonesia prepares for war Last-ditch peace talks between Aceh separatist rebels and the Indonesian government were set to begin in Tokyo on Saturday, giving a glimmer of hope that the province can avoid a fresh round of war. The price of failure was made clear as Indonesia continued to beef up its troops in the staunchly Muslim region, preparing for its biggest military operation in decades.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebels may bolt Indonesia peace talks A chief rebel negotiator threatened Friday to withdraw from talks with the Indonesian government over the disputed province of Aceh, but he later traveled to Tokyo, where the two sides were to meet this weekend. Zaini Abdullah said he would not negotiate until the government releases five rebel delegates who police arrested Friday as they prepared to leave the provincial capital, Banda Aceh. Authorities said the men violated a requirement to register before leaving the region.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia detains 5 rebel negotiators Indonesian police in Aceh Province on northern Sumatra island detained five negotiators of the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) on Friday, just before they were about to leave the province to attend peace talks with the government in Tokyo on Saturday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU statement on Aceh The EU Presidency welcomes the decision to hold the Joint Council Meeting between the Government of Indonesia and GAM in Tokyo on May 17-18, 2003. It commends the decision of the Government of Indonesia to pursue a peaceful solution for Aceh through political dialogue and welcomes the goodwill shown by the leadership of GAM. It also hopes that the Government of Indonesia and GAM will continue to be committed towards full implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels ready to talk on May 17 Separatist rebels from Indonesia's Aceh province said on Thursday they were willing to meet Indonesian government officials in Japan for talks to prevent a landmark peace deal from collapsing. "Yes, we have decided that we will continue dialogue on May 17 in Tokyo," rebel spokesman Sofyan Daud told Reuters by phone from the provincial capital Banda Aceh.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aussie Govt: Indonesia terror warnings renewed The Australian government has renewed its terror warnings for Indonesia, saying it is continuing to receive intelligence concerning planned attacks on Westerners.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh security beefed up Hundreds of Indonesian troops patrolled the restive province of Aceh on Wednesday, a day before the government was expected to announce a major crackdown on separatist rebels. The Free Aceh Movement ignored a government deadline to disarm by Monday, drop its long-held claims of independence for the province and accept a regional autonomy package.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: Considers martial law in Aceh Indonesia is considering imposing martial law in troubled Aceh province, with officials warning that a major offensive against separatist rebels could be just days away. Justice Minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra said in Jakarta Tuesday that security officials have recommended a military emergency be declared in Aceh. This comes as government troops prepare for operations against the rebel Free Aceh Movement.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 May 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh resigned, unhappy as war looms Standing by stacks of fruit he sells in Aceh's capital, Maimum does not share Indonesia's confidence a new military operation will be more successful than past efforts to defeat rebels who have fought for independence for decades. "It will go on for a long, long time," Maimum said on Tuesday, a day after a government deadline passed for talks between the two sides, and Jakarta said a big military offensive against Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels was inevitable.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: Key Aceh rebel defects Indonesia said on Tuesday a senior rebel commander in Aceh province had defected as thousands of government troops geared for a military strike on the separatists. A rebel spokesman denied the government claim, saying Amri bin Abdul Wahab, one of several regional separatist commanders, had been kidnapped in the local capital Banda Aceh.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia withdraws from ceasefire The Indonesian government withdrew from a five-month ceasefire with rebels in the province of Aceh yesterday, citing the rebels' failure to renounce their claims to independence. Most of the 50 international ceasefire monitors withdrew as thousands of Indonesian soldiers moved into the province on the northern tip of Sumatra.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Decision on Aceh operation start soon Indonesia has decided to carry out military operations in Aceh province, with the president to decide when to start the operations in a few days, a senior minister said on Monday. "The President has taken the decision that integrated operations will be carried out," chief security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told reporters on the day Jakarta had set as a deadline for Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels in the province to agree to talks and other conditions.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 12 May 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


S&P raises Indonesia's rating, boosts sentiment Foreign investor sentiment toward Indonesia got a further boost Monday from a decision by Standard & Poor's to upgrade the country's credit rating by one notch. Although widely expected, the move nevertheless represents a vote of confidence in the government's bid to cut its public debt, and comes at a time when the country is looking to end its reliance on the International Monetary Fund and to tap the international debt market for the first time since the 1997-98 Asian crisis.

Posted in Economy @ 12 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Monitors pull out of Aceh More than 50 monitors - most of them from Thailand and the Philippines - have left for the nearby North Sumatran capital of Medan, according to the Geneva-based Henry Dunant Centre (HDC), which brokered a peace deal in the province last year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 12 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First Bali bombings trial begins The trial of the first suspect in the October 12 Bali bombings has begun with around 3,000 security personnel deployed in and around the courthouse on the Indonesian resort island.

Posted in Protests @ 12 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebel leaders released Four Aceh rebel representatives held by Indonesian police as suspects in bomb attacks were released on Sunday, a move that may offer a glimmer of hope for last-ditch efforts to save a crumbling peace deal. Indonesia has said if Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels do not meet government officials by Monday to resolve differences over the agreement they face an all-out military offensive.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 11 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh leaders will be freed if aim was peace Indonesia will free four senior representatives of the Aceh rebel movement if their aim in trying to leave the province was to work for peace, Indonesian foreign minister Hassan Wirajuda said on Saturday. "We still respect them as the negotiators for GAM. If their activities outside Aceh were related to finding a peaceful solution for Aceh, then fine," he told reporters, two days before the government-set deadline for the separatists to agree on peace talks or face a military offensive.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 10 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police hold senior Aceh rebel officials Indonesian police took four senior representatives of the Aceh separatist movement into custody on Friday, an act which could further threaten the crumbling peace pact in the province. Police said the four leaders of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) were detained at the airport as they tried to leave Banda Aceh, the provincial capital.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 09 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bombing attempts foiled Indonesian police have foiled fresh bombing attempts in Indonesia and the Philippines with the recent arrest of Jemaah Islamiyah's (JI) new leader Abu Rusdan, the country's chief detective revealed late Thursday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three killed in armed robbery in Medan Robbers shot dead three people in a heist at the Medan branch of Bank Lippo on Tuesday, making off with the bank's cash box containing Rp 133 million (US$13,000). Two of the bank's security guards, Eddi Ridwansyah and Syamsuddin, died at the scene. Joni Purba, who worked as a driver for the bank, died at a hospital belonging to the Police Mobile Brigade.

Posted in Crime @ 07 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military operations in Aceh to start soon President Megawati Soekarnoputri instructed security personnel on Tuesday to prepare for military operations in Aceh, setting the stage for a showdown between government troops and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) in the troubled province. Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said after a limited Cabinet meeting that Megawati had decided to use force if the rebels defied a two-week deadline to disarm and renounce their demand for independence.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 07 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's post-IMF soon reality Indonesia is set, later this year, to exit the International Monetary Fund's lending program, the last country to graduate the post-Asian crisis of 1997-1998. Many economists agree it is time to leave the program but what will happen next remains open to debate.

Posted in General @ 06 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) were supposed to meet in Geneva on April 25 to restore peace in the restive province. The meeting was scheduled by the Geneva-based Henry Dunant Centre, which had acted as the 'facilitator' of the peace treaty between Jakarta and GAM in December last year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 06 May 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta airport reports lower passenger numbers The number of arrivals and departures at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport plunged 56 percent in April from the same period last year due to the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). On April 24-30, the number of arrivals and departures stood at 26,693 and 24,739 respectively compared to 185,601 and 185,160 in April last year, said Engking Baihaki, spokesman for PT Angkasa Pura II, which manages the airport, here Friday.

Posted in SARS @ 05 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mob attacks police post in Indonesia A mob has attacked and ransacked a police post in Indonesia. The incident happened in Palimanan, in West Java, a day after a policeman allegedly shot dead a bus driver following a traffic accident. The company's bus drivers went on strike today to protest the shooting.

Posted in Violence @ 04 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IMF: Indonesia may surpass 2004 GDP growth target The International Monetary Fund said Friday that Indonesia's economy in 2004 could grow by more than the government's forecast of between 4% and 5%. The IMF's director for Asia Pacific, Daniel Citrin, who is leading a review of Indonesia's economy, also said the government's 2004 budget deficit target of 1% of gross domestic product was "reasonable."

Posted in Economy @ 03 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourist visits to Bali rise , but slip to Indonesia The number of foreign tourists visiting Bali increased in March from the previous month despite a slight decline in numbers for Indonesia as a whole, the Indonesia Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday. It said in a statement the number of tourists from Europe, the Middle East and America fell due to the impact of the war in Iraq, while the decline in tourist visits from Asia was caused by the outbreak of the SARS virus in Singapore and other countries.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


$1.6m haze payout to Indonesia A Malaysian-owned plantation firm whose director was jailed for causing smoke haze on Indonesia's Sumatra island has agreed to pay more than $US1 million (EUR 901,000) in compensation, an official said. "Following an agreement on April 23 with the company, PT Adei Plantation agreed to pay 1.1 million dollars in settlement money to the government," Nixon Silalahi, an environment ministry official,said today.

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