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14 December, 2005 - Published 11:31 GMT
Final round of Aceh disarmament
Rebels in the Indonesian province of Aceh are handing in the last of their weapons as part of a peace agreement signed between rebels of the free Aceh movement and the Indonesian government. It’s hoped this will be the end of twenty six years of fighting. Rachel Harvey reports.
In theory the deadline for the decommissioning of rebel weapons is the end of the year but there's always been another date in mind. December the 26th, the anniversary of the tsunami disaster which destroyed huge swathes of Aceh and killed an estimated hundred and sixty thousand people. It was the tsunami which prompted the two sides to get back to the negotiating table.
So far the peace process has gone far more smoothly than anyone expected but there are major obstacles ahead. The first is integrating former rebels back into civilian life. The other is the political future of the province. Under the terms of the agreement the free Aceh movement should be allowed to form a local political party but that requires a change in the law which must be approved by parliament in Jakarta. It's likely to be a lengthy and potentially acrimonious process.
But an event due to take place on Wednesday evening shows how much things have already changed in Aceh. The international monitors overseeing the decommissioning process have challenged the rebels to a football match. Rachel Harvey, BBC news, Jakarta
the deadline for the decommissioning of rebel weapons
prompted the two sides to get back to the negotiating table
major obstacles ahead
integrating former rebels back into civilian life
Under the terms of the agreement
approved by parliament
a lengthy and potentially acrimonious process
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