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Indonesian Government Completes Withdrawal of Security Units From Aceh

The Indonesian government has withdrawn the last of its police reinforcements from Aceh province under the terms of a peace deal reached with rebel separatists.

The withdrawal marks the final pullout of more than half of Indonesia's security forces stationed in Aceh fighting a separatist conflict that began 30 years ago.

About 2,200 policemen climbed aboard a ship in Aceh's port city of Lhokseumawe after almost a week's delay because of marine transport difficulties.

The government says it has now met its obligations to limit personnel in Aceh to just under 15,000 troops and about 9,000 police.

Before the peace deal was signed in August, there were more than 35,000 soldiers and 15,000 police in Aceh.

For their part of the peace agreement, rebels of the Free Aceh Movement surrendered more than 800 weapons to international monitors.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.