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GAM resigns from Aceh Reintegration Board

Tempo Interactive - June 12, 2006

Adi Warsidi, Banda Aceh – Yesterday (11/6), the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) resigned from the committee of the Aceh Reintegration Board (BRA), the organization for Aceh reintegration, which was part of the peace agreement in Helsinki.

The reason for this, according to GAM, is that BRA's structure is not effective because it is too large. "Members of Defenders of the Fatherland (Peta) being in BRA is also a reason for GAM's resignation," said GAM's deputy spokesperson, Munawar Liza Zein, yesterday.

Munawar, who is also BRA's legal and human rights deputy, has acknowledged that GAM has wanted to resign for a long time.

GAM's representative on the Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM), Irwandi Yusuf, confirmed that GAM's resignation is in order to reduce the size of BRA.

Irwandi said he hoped that anyone in BRA would no longer act on behalf of a certain group. "Whoever sits in BRA should only act on behalf of the government," he said.