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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Aceh conflicts comes to an end as GAM rebels began weapon de

[b]Aceh conflicts comes to an end as GAM rebels began weapon decommissioning. [/b]

[b]Banda Aceh, 16 September, ([/b] After three decades of bitter fighting which caused death and destruction in the Aceh province of Indonesia, separatist rebels called Gerakan Aceh Merdeka (GAM) or in other words Free Aceh Movement yesterday met the scheduled start of weapons decommissioning, by handing to Aceh Monitoring Mission in the capital Banda Aceh 80 lethal weapons, including Kalashnikov rifles and a grenade launcher.

In return, Indonesian Government pulled out 1,300 Para-military police as part of the Government’s peace deal commitments.

This is said to be the beginning of a successful conclusion to the conflict which claimed the lives of 15,000 people in 29 years.

The Free Aceh Movement rebels and the Indonesian Government did not had any other alternative other than returning to the negotiating table after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit Aceh located in the Northern Sumatra island on 26 December, which left 170,000 Acehnese dead or missing.

According to the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), 15 September marks the start of the decommissioning of GAM weapons and the relocation of non- organic (local) military and police forces.

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