Indonesian Vice President to Meet Aceh Exiles

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla will visit Finland soon to meet with exiled leaders of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and to discuss further steps for maintaining peace in Aceh.
         The two sides will also meet the head of the Finland-based Crisis Management Initiative group, Marti Ahtisaari, the former Finnish president who mediated the negotiation of peace in Aceh last year. Ahtisaari will welcome both sides to the Königstedt Manor near Helsinki on 21 January to discuss the implementation of the peace agreement.
         The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs said that Vice President Kalla will arrive in Finland January 19, apparently accompanied by four ministers. One of those expected to attend the talks is Sofyan Djalil, the information minister who represented Jakarta in the summer peace talks.
         A meeting with President Tarja Halonen and lunch with Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen are scheduled for 20 January. The day’s program also features an economic seminar.

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