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AseanPlus News 31 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Clashes erupt as rebels are cornered

B>BANDA ACEH:/BThe Indonesian military reported clashes at eight locations in Aceh province yesterday as troops were cornering separatist rebels in a bid to separate the guerillas from the population, the military said.

Letters 25 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Between a rock and Jakarta

The recent attack on Acehnese rebels in northern Sumatra by thousands of Indonesian soldiers, outnumbering local fighters by more than 10 to one, poses serious challenges to Indonesia and the rest of the region. We look behind the slogans and rhetoric to assess some of the problems and possibilities.

AseanPlus News 20 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Rebel Aceh bases bombed, troops massed in province

B>BANDA ACEH:/BIndonesian troops parachuted into Aceh and warplanes bombed rebel bases as the military launched a major offensive just hours after martial law was declared in the troubled province.

AseanPlus News 19 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Hopes for Aceh peace deal slim

B>TOKYO/BANDA ACEH:/BAceh separatists and Indonesian officials were locked in tense peace talks in Tokyo yesterday with only hours left to avert war following a tough ultimatum from Jakarta.

AseanPlus News 16 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Police arrest three rebel negotiators in Aceh

Indonesian police Friday arrested three rebel negotiators in Aceh province as they were leaving for Japan to attend talks with the government aimed at saving a peace deal in the region, police and witnesses said.

AseanPlus News 14 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Indonesia warns of new Aceh offensive

B>JAKARTA:/BIndonesia warned that it could launch a new military offensive in Aceh province within days after rebels ignored its deadline to disarm. However, international mediators said yesterday that a compromise was still possible.

AseanPlus News 12 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Four Aceh rebel leaders released

B>JAKARTA:/BFour top Aceh rebel leaders accused of involvement in a series of bombings across Indonesia were released yesterday, as international negotiators made a last-ditch effort to save a peace pact in the restive province.

Lifestyle 11 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Writing to remember

The habit of reading the morning newspaper has paid off rather handsomely: Fauziah has authored her second book, I>A Diplomat Arrives in Washington,/Iwhich was launched by Foreign Minister Datuk Syed Hamid Albar on Friday.

AseanPlus News 10 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Aceh rebels go on the defensive

B>BANDA ACEH:/BSeparatist rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province, where a peace pact is near collapse, said yesterday they have ordered guerillas to return to base and take up defensive positions before an expected military offensive.

AseanPlus News 07 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Ops to restore order in Aceh

B>JAKARTA:/BIndonesia began preparing yesterday for what it called an operation to restore security in Aceh province, where a peace pact with separatist rebels is verging on collapse.