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Summary: EUHR Solana welcomes successful completion of Aceh Monitoring Mission (15 December 2006: Brussels)
Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), today congratulated the Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM) in Indonesia on the successful completion of its mandate in monitoring and supporting the peace process in the province of Aceh:
"It is with pride and satisfaction that I thank and congratulate all those who took part in the EU-led Aceh Monitoring Mission which today completes its task of monitoring and supporting the peace agreement between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM).
After more than 30 years of armed conflict, peace and stability have now been restored to Aceh.
Above all, I congratulate the Indonesian Government, the GAM and the people of Aceh. I commend them for their political vision and for respecting the commitments made in Helsinki when the peace agreement was signed in August 2005.
A few days ago, the people of Aceh exercised their civil and political rights in the first ever direct and democratic local elections in the province. This was a great achievement. With the government and the GAM, they now take over complete ownership of the peace process. But, though the AMM is leaving today because its work is done, the EU will continue to stand by Aceh in an on-going peace and reconciliation process.
The AMM was the first EU-led peace-keeping operation in Asia. It was also the first time that we worked in partnership with monitors from ASEAN countries. I greatly appreciate the excellent cooperation between the EU countries and the five ASEAN nations (Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand) that took part in the mission. I should also like to stress that the EU is keen to develop a lasting and comprehensive partnership with Indonesia and with the Southeast Asian region as a whole."
The High Representative spoke today over the phone to the Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Noer Hassan Wirajuda, to thank him for the support given to the mission and to confirm EU's commitment to Indonesia.