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The future of Aceh


Sam Roggeveen


19 November 2007 17:27

Mixed signals from this AsiaSource interview with former GAM separatist and now governor of Aceh, Irwandi Yusuf. On the one hand, his focus on economic development, foreign investment and eradication of corruption is encouraging. But the Governor clearly has a high degree of mistrust of the central government in Jakarta. The text is a little garbled, but the sentiment is clear:

So there was an agreement in Helsinki that there is going to be a human rights court for Aceh, but no stipulation that past abuses will be tried in this court. And then the Indonesian government is very smart, because law number eleven was created in Jakarta, by the parliament in Jakarta, so they shaped it a bit, the human rights court for future violations -- give me a break!