Indonesia: International community supports peace in Aceh

Geneva, 3 December 2002

The Henry Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HDC) is encouraged by the expressed support of the international community at the Preparatory Conference on Peace and Reconstruction in Aceh, being held in Tokyo.

HDC would like to express its appreciation to the Government of Japan for hosting, and to the Government of the United States of America, the World Bank and the European Union for chairing this conference.

With the support of the international community and the continued commitment of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia (GoI) and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) to resolving the conflict in Aceh peacefully through dialogue we are confident that the agreement will be implemented effectively.

All participants at the conference expressed their strong support for the peaceful resolution to the conflict and for the GoI and the GAM to continue their dialogue to conclude an agreement on the cessation of hostilities.

We are encouraged that the cessation of hostilities was recognised by all participants at the conference as a necessary first step, but that it can only be sustainable through all-inclusive dialogue, concrete actions towards fair and democratic elections and comprehensive programming aimed at addressing the root causes of conflict.

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For further enquiries please contact:

Andy Andrea, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, +41 22 908 1130, +41 79 257 9974,
Bakhtiar Abdullah, information officer, Free Aceh Movement; Tel: +46 (0) 8 531 83833, +46 (0) 8 531 91275, +46 (0) 70 699 3982
Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry in Jakarta; Tel: +62 (21) 344 1508 or 350 3878 ; Web Address:
Public Information Unit, Banda Aceh, Tel: +62 (651) 24535 , ex. 305, Fax +62 (651) 24535