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B>BANDA ACEH:/BA committee monitoring a ceasefire in Aceh province has for the first time criticised both the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) separatist group and the Indonesian government for truce violations.
B>BANDA ACEH:/BRebels in strife-torn Aceh province said yesterday that they have begun laying down their weapons, raising hopes that a peace deal brokered by Swiss-based mediators could end the 27-year separatist war here that has killed more than 12,000 people.
Depending on who is talking, it is always the other side that is absorbing the heavier casualties in any war. After three days of fighting, a military spokesman said on Friday (last week), government forces had killed at least 127 rebels from the Muslim separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) while suffering only four casualties.
B>JAKARTA: /B>International mediators scrambled yesterday to salvage a peace agreement between Indonesia and separatist rebels in Aceh province after the government angrily cancelled emergency talks to address recent tensions over renewed violence.