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Atjh Rajeuk Liberated Territory

Author: Acheh National Armed Forces (TNA)
Category: Acheh Tsunami
Date: 01/04/05
Time: 14:45:51 -0500

Commentary

n behalf of people of Acheh, the TNA Commander in-Chief would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the peoples and governments of countries that have not only shared our grieves and losses but have come to help our suffering people in such a swift, massive and unprecedented generosity. We also take this opportunity to thank our traditionally compassionate NGO friends, humanitarian organizations and individuals from various nationalities including Indonesians who have braved all obstacles, natural as well as incomprehensible human deceits. This natural calamities that have befallen on our country have even moved some hardened Indonesian military and police personnel into performing most human actions, for which we could only reciprocate at this point in time with heartfelt gratitude.

We   forget not to mention the relentless works of  the  mass media people,   both in Indonesia and abroad in  making the agonies of our people heard and seen all over the world.

Thousands  upon thousands of  our brotherssisters, parents and children have perished in the catastrophe. But for  us Achehnese, this calamity is somewhat matched by the overwhelming sympathy of the world that restores our faith in the basic goodness  of  mankind. To those in neighboring countries who are suffering also like us, and to the families of many unfortunate tourists who happened to be at the wrong place the wrong time on Dec. 26, 2004, we can only offer our most heartfelt condolences.

Having mentioned the silver lining of the dark cloud engulfing out nation, we can't but be aware also of the sinister attitude of the Government of Indonesia, not only for having placed ridiculous obstacles in the distribution of the aid supplies, but has seen it fit to send replacement for tens  of  ``thousands of its soldiers  who perished in the earthquake and the tsunami.  This reinforcement is being carried out under the guise of  the search and rescue operations  for family members of the soldiers Many independent NGO and press reports  have confirmed ou own field reports that the TNI are not helping the victims  at all as claimed by Jakarta .  Indeed the operational commander of the Indonesian military in Acheh himself has stated that military operations against our forces are to continue as usual, despite the declaration of ceasefire by General Endriartono.

Indonesian soldiers in the field are harassing the victims, imposing such ridiculous conditions as producing identity cards for obtaining food, that did not come from Jakarta  in  the first place. Those who fail to present their  i.d. papers are harassed, even beaten up. People  in coastal areas have been forced also to dive and retrieve  weapons swept away in the sea in fear that these guns would fall into  our hands, while in fact, we have faithfully adhered to the instruction of our political leadership in Stockholm to maintain the unilateral ceasefire.

Finally, we would like to call on the international community, especially to the United Nations, whose Secretary General, Mr. Kofi Annan has announced a visit to our devastated country this Thursday, to commence a political dialogue between the warring parties in Acheh, in order to take advantage of the current spirit of cooperation and find, if not a solution to the conflict, just a mechanism for a moratorium on hostilities so that the people of Acheh could concentrate on rebuilding their lives with the generous help from the international communality unhindered by the shenanigans of some selfish  colonial military commanders.  

 TNA Commander in-Chief

Muzakkir Manaf

 

 

 

 

 

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