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Aceh Peace Talks Continue in Finland

Indonesian government officials and rebels from Aceh province have held a third day of peace talks in Finland's capital, Helsinki.

The two sides were meeting Thursday without mediators in what organizers said was a positive atmosphere.

The government and the Free Aceh Movement are trying to agree on a lasting peace for Aceh, which was badly hit by last December's tsunami.

Rebels said before the series of talks began that they will demand that Indonesian troops cease all anti-insurgency operations in Aceh before discussing a solution for self-government.

Aceh has been the battleground between government forces and armed rebels since 1976, when the rebels launched their campaign for independence.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.