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Indonesian Military to Withdraw Final Contingent of Troops from Aceh

The Indonesian military is completing the last phase of troop withdrawals from Aceh province Thursday, a key component of a peace accord to end 30 years of conflict with separatist rebels.

More than three-thousand soldiers are to leave from the port city of Lhokseumawe, leaving the agreed upon 23,800 troops and police still in the province.

The peace agreement signed in April calls for the government to withdraw 24,000 troops in return for militants surrendering weapons to international monitors.

The Free Aceh Movement handed over its final installment of weapons last week and formally disbanded its armed wing earlier this week.

Desire on both sides to rebuild Aceh after last December's devastating tsunami helped move the peace deal forward.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.