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Indonesian Government, Rebels Prepare for Talks


Negotiators for the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh separatist movement are in Finland for peace talks aimed at ending three decades of rebellion in tsunami-wracked Aceh province.

The six days of talks are set to start Tuesday, as the sides discuss a political arrangement for governing the oil-rich region. Two previous rounds of talks this year brought the two sides closer, but they are still struggling for a compromise between the government's offer of "special autonomy" and the rebels' demand for full independence.

The rebels declared a unilateral truce in December after a massive tsunami ravaged the region. But the Indonesian army has admitted to killing some 200 rebels or more since then.

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