Jan 10, 2005

Joint Statement: People's Solidarity Movement for Aceh (SEGERA) and Front of Democratic Struggle of Aceh People

This is joint statement issued on January 10, 2005 by People's Solidarity Movement for Aceh (SEGERA) and Front of Democratic Struggle of Aceh People


The intention of Indonesian President of Susilo Bambang Yudoyono's to open peace negotiation and to end arm conflict should be appreciated by all Indonesian people. It positive signal supposed to be welcomed by Free Aceh Movement (GAM).

Although it action is late compare to the Srilanka government's action to Tamil group, However, it is appropriate thing to do. It will crete positive atmosphere to humanitarian assistance and reconstruction process.

We urge both party - Indonesian government and Free Aceh Movement to put priority to the humanitarian work, recovering and reconstruction. The ongoing political debate of option to freedom or special autonomy should be restrained. All parties must agree to indefinite armistice and to end as (any form of) military operation. It will open wider opportunity to national or international humanitarian assistance.

Historically, every peace negotiation find the death end. It was the consequences of excluding Aceh civil society from peace negotiation. Therefore, the negotiation must involve of civilians element, student, political organization and political figure. It is also significant to involve United Nation. The Previous negotiations fail since there is no neutral element that owns the authority to give a sanction to one who violates the negotiation. The involvement of UN will be significant to observe the implementation of negotiation results.

Today Aceh people must deal with psychological traumatic, therefore ambition of each parties to win it's political proposal should be restrain. Recovering trauma, Rebuilding damaged-infrastructure, and reconstruction of Aceh should be the first priority of the peace negotiation.

To pave the way of peace negotiation, military operation has to be transformed into humanitarian operation. In the humanitarian operation in the form of civil mission, military must leave their weapon. The weapon will only bring trauma and fear to People of Aceh.
To begin peace negotiation government must release all political Free Aceh Movement's political prisoners.

Therefore, SEGERA and FPDRA state the following;

1. Urging the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) to openly welcomes Indonesian government's peace proposal.

2. Peace negotiation requires armistide, transforming the Indonesian Military's War function to the humanitarian or civil mission.

3. Both party must involve all political spectrum in Aceh; Students, political organization, religious leader, community figure into the negotiation

4. Both party must involve United Nation as a neutral and authorize party to give a sanction to one who violate negotiation.

5. After the negotiation process, all involving element must work together to build Aceh in reconstruction and democratic process.

This statement is made in one intention to build boarder solidarity to rebuild Aceh democratically and justly.

Jakarta 10 Januari 2005

People's solidarity movement for Aceh
Democratic Struggle front for Aceh People

Arie Arianto
Coordinator of SEGERA

Thamrin Ananda
Spokeperson of FPDRA

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