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“Thank you, EU” says the Jakarta Post

(BRUSSELS2) Thank you EU! The compliment crosses the editorial of the Jakarta Post in its edition of last May (read here). And it is rare enough to be mentioned. The EU is often mocked for its lack of coherence and consistency in matters of foreign policy, sometimes rightly, sometimes wrongly.

The Jakarta Post editorialist wishes to publicly pay tribute to the Europeans for having deployed the Aceh mission in Indonesia (ceasefire observation mission). “ From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to express our gratitude to Indonesia, the people and the EU leaders for their assistance to Aceh, and for the dedicated men and women who have regained a sense of security and confidence between people who had lost so much »

Of course, there is still progress to be made: it is necessary in particular to invest in the young generations, to fight against corruption, poverty and unemployment. Corn " The EU (thus) ensured a role acceptable to the conflicting parties, the Indonesian government and the GAM. (…) Since then, the war of the last three decades, that of bullets, has been replaced by the electoral ballot box. »

The mission's objective was to ensure the implementation of certain aspects of the peace agreement signed between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh movement in Helsinki in August 2005. The European Union observers - which were associated with observers from five Asian countries (Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines and Singapore) as well as Norway and Switzerland – were deployed mainly from September 15, 2005 (an interim mission had already been deployed on site). The mission lasted more than a year, until December 2006. But most of the work was done during the first two semesters. In total there were around 80 observers under the authority of Pieter Feith (who would later be found in other CSDP positions and until recently at the head of the Civil Office in Kosovo), a reduced number to 36 at the end of the mission.

(article written with the help of MD)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).