World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Annan Hails Progress In Building Peace In Aceh

Indonesia: Annan Hails Progress In Building Peace In Aceh

Marking the first anniversary of the signing of a pact between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh movement, Secretary-General Kofi Annan hailed progress in efforts to build peace in the region, which has seen nearly 30 years of separatist conflict, and said elections will mark the next crucial chapter in the process.

In a message marking the milestone, the Secretary-General noted that over the past year, the Indonesian Government has withdrawn its troops from Aceh, while the Free Aceh Movement has handed over its declared arsenal of weapons, and dissolved its armed wing.

In addition, the National Parliament last month unanimously adopted an autonomy framework which will pave the way for Aceh’s first direct local elections. “Only a strong democracy could have done that. It shows that Indonesia’s new democracy is growing stronger by the day,” Mr. Annan said.

He stressed that elections will mark “ the next crucial chapter in Aceh’s transition” and urged all involved to make them a success. “Any remaining concerns must be addressed through the political and legislative process,” he cautioned. “It would be tragic if, after coming so far, any party in Aceh resorted to violence or coercion.

The Secretary-General urged efforts to ensure that the peace accord is fully carried out. “The people of Aceh want to live without fear, and to build their future within a peaceful, prosperous and democratic Indonesia,” he said. “Let us show that peace in Aceh is finally here to stay.”


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>


Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>


Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>


Camp Shut Down: Refugees Must Be Rescued From Manus

On 31st October 2017, the detention centre on Manus Island in which the Australian Government has been holding more than 700 refugees was closed, leaving those living there in a desperate situation. More>>



Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC