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Reintegration in Aceh not yet maximized

Tempo Interactive - May 7, 2008

Adi Warsidi, Banda Aceh – Former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari has said that in general the peace process in Aceh is running well, however, the reintegration process is not yet maximized.

"There is still much to do as far as reintegration is concerned for all of us during the next few years," he said when visiting Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam yesterday.

Martti, President of the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), is a facilitator for the peace process in Aceh. CMI has been facilitating meetings for peace in Aceh since the memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed in Helsinki, Finland, on 15 August 2005.

Regarding some points of the MOU that have not been applied, Martti promised to consult on these with the central government, especially as regards reintegration. "Generally, it has created a peaceful situation," he said.

Martti has been in Aceh for four days and has visited several areas including South East Aceh, Central Aceh, Bener Meriah, and Banda Aceh city. "People in remote areas can really feel this peaceful situation," said Martti.

In Aceh, Martti has met with community groups and NGOs, including the Aceh Judicial Monitoring Institute (AJMI) represented by Hendra Budyan, in order to find out more about their aspirations.

In these closed meetings, NGOs in Aceh asked Martti to discuss with the central government about the establishment of a human rights court and Truth and the Reconciliation Commission (KKR) in Aceh as these are in line with the MOU and State Decree 11/2006 regarding Aceh Governance.

Hendra said that Martti has promised to bring up these matters with the central government.