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Wisdom brings peace to Aceh
12/11/2002



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After 12,000 lives and 26 years, the resolution to the uprising in the Indonesian province, Aceh, may have been found.

A peace treaty was signed in Geneva on Monday.

"We are especially grateful to the group of wise men for their wisdom and role in making today's agreement possible," said Martin Griffiths, center director of the ceremony.

On Tuesday, Indonesia’s military brought all operations in the province to a freeze. The agreement was to allow for free elections in the province in exchange for separatist members of the Free Aceh Movement (Gam) to disarm themselves.

While the Acehnese, citizens and troops alike, are grateful for the long-awaited peace, some experts have reservations regarding whether the mistrust built up over the years will make it difficult to carry ouy the peace treaty.

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