Acehnese in Denmark disappointed with Aceh Governance Law

Aceh Kita – August 1, 2006
Achenese community in Denmark (My ASNLF)
Achenese community in Denmark (My ASNLF)

Denmark – On Monday July 31, members of the Acehnese community residing in Denmark sent a special letter to the High Representative of the European Union Javier Solana and the secretary general of the United Nations Kofi Annan.

The letter, which was signed by representatives of the Acehnese community in Denmark, was expressing their dissatisfaction with a number of articles in the Aceh Governance Law (UU-PA) that they believe are not in compliance with the Helsinki Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The letter also protested several acts of violence that have taken place in Aceh since the peace deal was signed.

“In the letter [we] also asked that the CMI [Crisis Management Initiative], the European Union, the Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM) and the international community to continue to use the Helsinki MoU as a reference in supporting a resolution to the Aceh question”, said Acehnese community representative Adnan Daud when speaking with Aceh Kita.

The letter was also sent to the chairperson of the CMI (the mediator and facilitator of the peace negotiations), former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari, the head of the AMM Pieter Feith, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and a number of European Union member states and countries in South-East Asia that are involved in the AMM. [dzie]

[Translated by James Balowski.]