the Achenese community are content with the peace and hope that it
will be persistent. A good beginning to this persistence is
development in the the areas of peace.'
and death cause a hate that are not easily calmed, but peace and the
fulfillment of the victim’s rights and the rights of all of society
can give the people a new perspective in life.'
agreement that was signed by the
Indonesian government and GAM is a great example of how peace
can put an end to a war, but also a sign of a hesitant beginning of
something new: a new way of harnessing the peace. The Achenese
community hope that the peace, that is now promoted so excitedly,
will give rise to an all-embracing social change.
The pioneers of the implementation of a peace are all people
who yearn to experience a peaceful life. Today, the Achenese
community are content with the peace and hope that it will be
persistent. A good beginning to this persistence is development
in the the areas of peace. I think, that the Indonesian
community as well want to build a lasting peace to be
competitive on a global market in every way. Today, a lot of
attention is drawn to the panel forming the RUU-PA (The planning
of the constitution of the Achenese Government). I think, that
this is a good chance for Jakarta to make some significant
changes for the Achenese community.
Being attentive to the wishes of the Achenese does not
necessarily mean the loss of strength for Indonesia, but on
the contrary it can be a foundation of new confidence and of
The great struggle for peace in Acheh has been ended very
well with the praise and respect of the whole world. Why
should Indonesia betray this trust and respect by rejecting
the wish of the Achenese people that is funded in the
agreement between the two parties? We all have to realize
that every decision that can progress society can benefit us
all. Leaders who use the people to their own benefit is not
a good thing, I think, but to give something to the people
can be a great strength for a leader.
Concerning the RUU-PA that is discussed at the moment, I
think, that we all should support it if we actually want to
see Acheh move to a higher level of progress, simply because
it is a demand of the Achenese people in a broad sense. Why
should a minor matter be made into an obstacle and a new
problem, so that we end up fighting about the unimportant
lot of work has already been carried out by Indonesia in
achieving the peace with GAM and a lot of work still has to
be done in implementing this peace. Will we be praised for
the failure of RUU-PA?
I do not think so! But from the benefit of the broad
society there will grow a strength. Why only ask for
something in the name of the people when their support is
needed? Why not give the people what they want? In my
opinion this can very well be done by Jakarta because the
members of the RUU-PA panel are people who are promoting
peace and democracy and therefore I think, that the
discussion will move along smoothly and with a successful
outcome. Actually, I think that this is the hope of all the
involved parties. If there are anyone who are still hesitant
towards the peace-process out of fear of a strong Achenese
community this is not a real threat, only bad dreams.
Violence and death cause a hate that are not easily calmed,
but peace and the fulfillment of the victim’s rights and the
rights of all of society can give the people a new
perspective in life. Today the world moves towards the
formation of justice and solidarity for building the
communities that are left behind by poverty and conflicts.
This development must proceed without hindrances with a free
space for building a striving for progress itself.
Individuals who can benefit from destruction and conflict
will suffer losses in times of peace. Therefore, we must all
be aware who are concerned about conflict and who are
concerned about peace?
Education is one way to social development and all parties
surely realize that peace is a prerequisite to continued
education? As long as Humanity has been living in groups,
the benefit of the group have been given top priority and
today we should live by the same principle.
The Achenese could very well be the pioneers of peace and
prosperity themselves and build up a standard in every part
of society, that can is competitive with the rest of the
world. Clearly the development must benefit all parts of
society and it can be found through peace. The elites of
Indonesia and Acheh must strive to ensure the peace by
returning the rights to the people. Give the people their
rights back and permit the community’s own will. Consider
what happened during the war. What is the result of the war?
After laying down the arms in the conflict we all witness
the losses that exceed human apprehension. Apart from
deaths: destruction, poverty, lack of education, violence
and sorrow in all of the society. We may ask ourselves: why
are some people interested in taking advantage of the
community like this?
Implementing peace is an extensive task, that must be
carried out by everyone together. We must not allow the the
heartbreaking tragedies to be repeated. How very sad it is
living in a nation where conflict has become the basic stock
We should not settle for a little improvement of the
situation when we are still lacking behind in every way, but
we must learn from the example of other people to move
towards prosperity ourselves.
Once again, I hope that all parties in Acheh and Indonesia as
well as internationally will continue to support the
implementation of the peace and the fulfillment of the
rights of the Achenese people.
For more information on this press release, please
Tarmizi Age; KMPD (Peace and Democracy Monitoring Committee)