The rampant violence in Aceh
was very concerning, but we are determined to make the election conducted peacefully here," Aceh
Governor Zaini Abdullah said in the province's capital Banda Aceh
on Friday as quoted by a local media.
The ban has immediately stirred controversy across Aceh
The governor of Aceh
, Zaini Abdullah, said that Sharia law, under which the region is governed, would not impede tourism activities and said that the law would become a big draw for tourists.
The establishment of local political parties, including the Aceh
Party, which is comprised of former GAM combatants, was one of the key stipulations in the Helsinki MoU.
Despite their lack of political experience, the former guerrilla fighters dominated the seats in the regional parliament and won control of the Aceh
The initiative follows a short-term vocational training program that enabled 350 students from Aceh
and Nias to graduate from the Chevron Polytechnic in Riau province.
Yudhoyono had pledged during his election campaign to bring peace to Aceh
, and there were secret efforts just prior to the tsunami to resolve the conflict.
An agreement between the Indonesian government and Free Aceh
Movement (GAM in Indonesian) was signed in August in Helsinki, Finland, amid concerns that the pact might prove, like other past agreements, fragile and easily broken.
Nasir Djamil, a member of the Indonesian parliament, said he has complained to the government officials who are responsible for curbing proselytism in Aceh
The main roads between Kutacane, the regency's capital, and the provincial capital Banda Aceh
and the North Sumatra provincial capital of Medan were severed by the flash floods and landslides.
The Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) has also supported the Aceh
MONLAR is a non-governmental organization partner of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, the Anglican Church of Canada's relief and development agency, while Kontras Aceh
is a partner of the Canadian ecumenical justice group, Kairos.