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The Conflict

Economic

  • Aceh is a primarily Muslim area that is rich in resources, especially oil, which brings in a large revenue for the Indonesian government.
  • As in Aceh, fighting in Irian Jaya has escalated sinceSuharto's fall from power. The government, wanting to retain the resource rich land, has offered Irian Jaya increased autonomy, a proposal the region turned down. However, Indonesia is at this point unwilling to enter into independence negotiations.

Ethnic

• Irian Jaya (also known as West Papua) shares an island withPapua New Guinea, but has been part of Indonesia since 1969. The region is culturally distinct from the rest of Indonesia, sharing more with Melanesian peoples from Papua New Guinea and Australia.

Political

  • Aceh, a territory at the northern tip of Sumatra, has been agitating for independence from Indonesia since the 1970s.
  • Between 1990 and 1998, the Indonesian government declared...

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