JAKARTA - Indonesia has lifted emergency laws in Aceh province imposed last year to deal with a decades-old rebellion. The move comes a week before a fourth round of peace talks with rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and almost five months since the province was devastated by the December 26 earthquake and tsunami.
The information minister, Sofyan Djalil, who will be one of the government's key negotiators at the next round of peace talks, says the government has a very strong will to find a peaceful solution. The government imposed martial law in May 2003, coinciding with a military offensive to try to defeat the rebels. It lifted martial law in May last year, substituting a civil emergency.