Negotiators from the Indonesian government and Aceh-based separatists have begun meeting in Finland for the latest round of peace talks aimed at ending decades of conflict that has taken tens of thousands of lives in the northwestern province.

Finnish mediators are helping the two sides discuss a draft peace proposal in hopes of reaching a deal in the next few weeks.

Officials say the separatists have given up their demand for independence from Indonesia. There is still disagreement, however, over whether Indonesian troops will withdraw from Aceh, and whether the rebels will be allowed to form their own political party.

Peace talks that stalled in 2003 were re-started after last year's December 26 tsunami that devastated Aceh and highlighted the need to cooperate on reconstruction efforts.

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