Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Aceh - smuggling, drugs, extortion

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A formula has been agreed between Indonesian negotiators and separatist rebel negotiators to end nearly 30 years of conflict in Aceh

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Economist.com

Editorial, July 19 2005

"Rebel commanders in the field may take some convincing that such vague-sounding commitments are enough.

"The continuing unrest in Aceh has provided a handy cover for members of both the rebel group and some local army units to engage in lucrative smuggling, drug-running and extortion rackets, which means that some on each side have an interest in seeing the peace process fail, on whatever excuse.

"The army's powerful chiefs may take some convincing that a deal with the rebels ... is in Indonesia's best interests ..."


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