Japan and Canada contribute to building peace in Aceh, Indonesia


For immediate release

Dateline: Geneva, 27 March 2003

The Henry Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HDC) is pleased to announce that the Governments of Japan and Canada have contributed funds to HDC's Monitoring Mission in Aceh, Indonesia, and would like to express its gratitude to Japan and Canada for their support. The Government of Japan has contributed USD $1,200,000 (CHF 1,627,200) on 27 March 2003, and the Government of Canada has contributed CDN $100,000 (CHF 91,450) on 25 March 2003.

These contributions are essential to support the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed on 9 December 2002 in Geneva, by the representatives of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia.

HDC has been facilitating dialogue in the province since early 2000. It has recently been administering the tripartite Monitoring Mission in Aceh. Peace zones have been implemented in the province since the beginning of 2003 and the mission is entering the demilitarisation phase of the peace process.

For further enquiries, please contact:
Andrew Andrea
Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
Tel=A0: +41 22 908 11 30