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Jakarta Post

Unfinished reconciliation haunts Acehnese

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 27 2012   /  08:00 am

Renewed violence in Aceh killed at least 15 people in at least three regencies since last October, with police saying they cannot identify most of the perpetrators. The following is a report by The Jakarta Post’s Nani Afrida on post-conflict reconciliation, to be followed later this week by reports on the economy and the direct local elections.

Many in Aceh have forgotten the sound of gunfire. They had enjoyed relative peace for seven years since the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and the Indonesian government signed the historic peace deal on Aug. 15 2005, ending some 30 years of war.

But sporadic shootings since October have led police to call on the public to report or turn in any weapons in the hands of civilians by February this year. This confirmed what some suspected already — that beyond the few thousand rifles handed in to authorities, many more remain hidden, burie...