The August update on Nusa's recovery from the tsunami by John Aglionby
is published today."Things have now changed and it seems OK to celebrate."
That is obviously a hopeful sign as is the fact that GAM rebels are now trickling back
into villages and seeking reconciliation.
Inevitably this will be a lengthy process.
However, with the unconditional release of GAM prisoners
scheduled to be complete by August 31 and the Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM)
of the European Union and ASEAN in place what is certain, for now, is that a solid foundation has been laid for the construction of peace in Aceh. Success - that is, peace - depends now on how well the two sides work together in compliance with the provisions of the deal, particularly in cases where it is violated.
Also in the paper today
The advertiser lives in Solo, Central Java. I wonder if he could be a certain former Indonesian diplomat who was suspected of smuggling African animal parts in the diplomatic pouch.