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Indonesia and Aceh rebels agree to extend cease-fire GENEVA - The Indonesian government and rebel Aceh negotiators agreed to extend a cease-fire by one month, replacing an existing cessation of violence that is due to expire Monday. The continuation of the truce is expected to buy time to calm the unsettled province, where rebels have stepped up their drive for separation from Jakarta in the months since East Timor decided on independence in a United Nations sponsored vote. A joint statement issued in Geneva said the "moratorium on violence" would allow the Free Aceh movement and Jakarta to "substantially revise the security arrangements" to make them more effective, to cut down on violence and to improve human rights.
The two parties, which have warned that failure to agree on a truce will result in civil war, are set to meet again Feb. 1. But the initial cease-fire, signed last May, has been largely ignored. Called a "humanitarian pause," it was the first cease-fire in more than two decades of fighting in the oil- and gas-rich province, but more than 540 people have died during the last six months. Both sides welcomed the latest truce. A separatist negotiator, Zaini Abdullah, said, "This will help us find peace." Indonesian officials described the accord as giving security forces a chance to restore law and order. Indonesia's representative, Mohammed Mahfud, described the deal as allowing the rebels to continue their struggle using only peaceful and political methods.
But the Free Aceh movement commander, Abu Arafah, said his forces were "ready for war" if the cease-fire was not extended. The insurgents want to impose Islamic religious law on Aceh's 4.3 million people and are trying to secure a larger share of profits from the region's oil for its people. The Indonesian president, Abdurrahman Wahid, has rejected outright independence for Aceh, but has said he will keep negotiating with the rebels and allow greater self-rule. He is said to be under pressure from hardliners to order a major crackdown on the rebels. An estimated 6,000 people have lost their lives since rebels began fighting in 1975 for an independent homeland in Aceh. The two sides met Monday at an undisclosed site near Geneva. GENEVA The Indonesian government and rebel Aceh negotiators agreed to extend a cease-fire by one month, replacing an existing cessation of violence that is due to expire Monday.
The continuation of the truce is expected to buy time to calm the unsettled province, where rebels have stepped up their drive for separation from Jakarta in the months since East Timor decided on independence in a United Nations sponsored vote. A joint statement issued in Geneva said the "moratorium on violence" would allow the Free Aceh movement and Jakarta to "substantially revise the security arrangements" to make them more effective, to cut down on violence and to improve human rights. The two parties, which have warned that failure to agree on a truce will result in civil war, are set to meet again Feb. 1. But the initial cease-fire, signed last May, has been largely ignored. Called a "humanitarian pause," it was the first cease-fire in more than two decades of fighting in the oil- and gas-rich province, but more than 540 people have died during the last six months.
Both sides welcomed the latest truce. A separatist negotiator, Zaini Abdullah, said, "This will help us find peace." Indonesian officials described the accord as giving security forces a chance to restore law and order. Indonesia's representative, Mohammed Mahfud, described the deal as allowing the rebels to continue their struggle using only peaceful and political methods. But the Free Aceh movement commander, Abu Arafah, said his forces were "ready for war" if the cease-fire was not extended. The insurgents want to impose Islamic religious law on Aceh's 4.3 million people and are trying to secure a larger share of profits from the region's oil for its people. The Indonesian president, Abdurrahman Wahid, has rejected outright independence for Aceh, but has said he will keep negotiating with the rebels and allow greater self-rule. He is said to be under pressure from hardliners to order a major crackdown on the rebels.
An estimated 6,000 people have lost their lives since rebels began fighting in 1975 for an independent homeland in Aceh. The two sides met Monday at an undisclosed site near Geneva. GENEVA The Indonesian government and rebel Aceh negotiators agreed to extend a cease-fire by one month, replacing an existing cessation of violence that is due to expire Monday. The continuation of the truce is expected to buy time to calm the unsettled province, where rebels have stepped up their drive for separation from Jakarta in the months since East Timor decided on independence in a United Nations sponsored vote. A joint statement issued in Geneva said the "moratorium on violence" would allow the Free Aceh movement and Jakarta to "substantially revise the security arrangements" to make them more effective, to cut down on violence and to improve human rights.
The two parties, which have warned that failure to agree on a truce will result in civil war, are set to meet again Feb. 1. But the initial cease-fire, signed last May, has been largely ignored. Called a "humanitarian pause," it was the first cease-fire in more than two decades of fighting in the oil- and gas-rich province, but more than 540 people have died during the last six months. Both sides welcomed the latest truce. A separatist negotiator, Zaini Abdullah, said, "This will help us find peace." Indonesian officials described the accord as giving security forces a chance to restore law and order. Indonesia's representative, Mohammed Mahfud, described the deal as allowing the rebels to continue their struggle using only peaceful and political methods.
But the Free Aceh movement commander, Abu Arafah, said his forces were "ready for war" if the cease-fire was not extended. The insurgents want to impose Islamic religious law on Aceh's 4.3 million people and are trying to secure a larger share of profits from the region's oil for its people. The Indonesian president, Abdurrahman Wahid, has rejected outright independence for Aceh, but has said he will keep negotiating with the rebels and allow greater self-rule. He is said to be under pressure from hardliners to order a major crackdown on the rebels. An estimated 6,000 people have lost their lives since rebels began fighting in 1975 for an independent homeland in Aceh. The two sides met Monday at an undisclosed site near Geneva.
The Indonesian government and rebel Aceh negotiators agreed to extend a cease-fire by one month, replacing an existing cessation of violence that is due to expire Monday. The continuation of the truce is expected to buy time to calm the unsettled province, where rebels have stepped up their drive for separation from Jakarta in the months since East Timor decided on independence in a United Nations sponsored vote. A joint statement issued in Geneva said the "moratorium on violence" would allow the Free Aceh movement and Jakarta to "substantially revise the security arrangements" to make them more effective, to cut down on violence and to improve human rights. The two parties, which have warned that failure to agree on a truce will result in civil war, are set to meet again Feb. 1. But the initial cease-fire, signed last May, has been largely ignored.
Called a "humanitarian pause," it was the first cease-fire in more than two decades of fighting in the oil- and gas-rich province, but more than 540 people have died during the last six months. Both sides welcomed the latest truce. A separatist negotiator, Zaini Abdullah, said, "This will help us find peace." Indonesian officials described the accord as giving security forces a chance to restore law and order. Indonesia's representative, Mohammed Mahfud, described the deal as allowing the rebels to continue their struggle using only peaceful and political methods. But the Free Aceh movement commander, Abu Arafah, said his forces were "ready for war" if the cease-fire was not extended. The insurgents want to impose Islamic religious law on Aceh's 4.3 million people and are trying to secure a larger share of profits from the region's oil for its people.
The Indonesian president, Abdurrahman Wahid, has rejected outright independence for Aceh, but has said he will keep negotiating with the rebels and allow greater self-rule. He is said to be under pressure from hardliners to order a major crackdown on the rebels. An estimated 6,000 people have lost their lives since rebels began fighting in 1975 for an independent homeland in Aceh. The two sides met Monday at an undisclosed site near Geneva. GENEVA The Indonesian government and rebel Aceh negotiators agreed to extend a cease-fire by one month, replacing an existing cessation of violence that is due to expire Monday. The continuation of the truce is expected to buy time to calm the unsettled province, where rebels have stepped up their drive for separation from Jakarta in the months since East Timor decided on independence in a United Nations sponsored vote.
A joint statement issued in Geneva said the "moratorium on violence" would allow the Free Aceh movement and Jakarta to "substantially revise the security arrangements" to make them more effective, to cut down on violence and to improve human rights. The two parties, which have warned that failure to agree on a truce will result in civil war, are set to meet again Feb. 1. But the initial cease-fire, signed last May, has been largely ignored. Called a "humanitarian pause," it was the first cease-fire in more than two decades of fighting in the oil- and gas-rich province, but more than 540 people have died during the last six months. Both sides welcomed the latest truce. A separatist negotiator, Zaini Abdullah, said, "This will help us find peace."
Indonesian officials described the accord as giving security forces a chance to restore law and order. Indonesia's representative, Mohammed Mahfud, described the deal as allowing the rebels to continue their struggle using only peaceful and political methods. But the Free Aceh movement commander, Abu Arafah, said his forces were "ready for war" if the cease-fire was not extended. The insurgents want to impose Islamic religious law on Aceh's 4.3 million people and are trying to secure a larger share of profits from the region's oil for its people. The Indonesian president, Abdurrahman Wahid, has rejected outright independence for Aceh, but has said he will keep negotiating with the rebels and allow greater self-rule. He is said to be under pressure from hardliners to order a major crackdown on the rebels.
An estimated 6,000 people have lost their lives since rebels began fighting in 1975 for an independent homeland in Aceh. The two sides met Monday at an undisclosed site near Geneva. GENEVA The Indonesian government and rebel Aceh negotiators agreed to extend a cease-fire by one month, replacing an existing cessation of violence that is due to expire Monday. The continuation of the truce is expected to buy time to calm the unsettled province, where rebels have stepped up their drive for separation from Jakarta in the months since East Timor decided on independence in a United Nations sponsored vote. A joint statement issued in Geneva said the "moratorium on violence" would allow the Free Aceh movement and Jakarta to "substantially revise the security arrangements" to make them more effective, to cut down on violence and to improve human rights.
The two parties, which have warned that failure to agree on a truce will result in civil war, are set to meet again Feb. 1. But the initial cease-fire, signed last May, has been largely ignored. Called a "humanitarian pause," it was the first cease-fire in more than two decades of fighting in the oil- and gas-rich province, but more than 540 people have died during the last six months. Both sides welcomed the latest truce. A separatist negotiator, Zaini Abdullah, said, "This will help us find peace." Indonesian officials described the accord as giving security forces a chance to restore law and order. Indonesia's representative, Mohammed Mahfud, described the deal as allowing the rebels to continue their struggle using only peaceful and political methods.
But the Free Aceh movement commander, Abu Arafah, said his forces were "ready for war" if the cease-fire was not extended. The insurgents want to impose Islamic religious law on Aceh's 4.3 million people and are trying to secure a larger share of profits from the region's oil for its people. The Indonesian president, Abdurrahman Wahid, has rejected outright independence for Aceh, but has said he will keep negotiating with the rebels and allow greater self-rule. He is said to be under pressure from hardliners to order a major crackdown on the rebels. An estimated 6,000 people have lost their lives since rebels began fighting in 1975 for an independent homeland in Aceh. The two sides met Monday at an undisclosed site near Geneva.



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