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Several Asian Nations Agree to Send Monitors to Aceh


Indonesian officials say several Southeast Asian nations have agreed to send observers to monitor a peace agreement for Indonesia's Aceh province.

The officials say Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand have agreed to participate in the observer mission.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda had made a formal request for monitors at the meeting in Laos of the Association of Southeast Asian nations.

The peace agreement between the Free Aceh Movement rebel group and the Indonesian government is scheduled to be signed on August 15. The two sides reached the agreement earlier this month at talks in Finland.

Under the accord, the rebel group is to disarm and give up its demands for independence in return for some form of political representation in Aceh.

Some inforamtion for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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