TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - August 15, 2020, marks the fifteenth anniversary of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement. An agreement that brought peace and ended 30 years of conflict.
In its press release, the European Union’s European External Action Service (EEAS) spokesperson said Aceh’s example serves as an inspiration of how, through negotiations and strong political will, peace can be achieved even in the direst of circumstances.
The European Union is proud to have contributed to the peace process, mediated by former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari, through the Aceh Monitoring Mission deployed under the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy, jointly with five member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)—Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines, and Singapore—as well as Norway and Switzerland.
The EEAS EU spokesperson said the EU along with its Member States has also significantly contributed to Aceh's reconstruction and remains committed to Aceh's socio-economic development and the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding.
The European Union reiterates its intention to further develop partnerships, together with ASEAN and its member countries, aimed at contributing to peace and security in the region.