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Ahtisaasri: peace conducive to Aceh economic development

14th November 2010 | 1.240 Views
Ahtisaasri: peace conducive to Aceh economic development
Martti Ahtisaari. (ANTARA News)
Banda Aceh, Aceh (ANTARA News) - Former Finland president Martti Ahtisaari said the peace that had been created in Aceh could pave the way for the development of economy in the province.

"I am proud to see the progress of peace after the signing of the Helsinki peace accord on August 15, 2005," he said on the sidelines of an Aceh Business Summit here over the weekend.

Ahtisaari, who is also director of the Crisis Management Inisiative (CMI) said that Aceh had undergone a good development and this was a good condition to give substance to the peace process.

"During the way from the airport I saw that the people were doing their activities well. They always showed smiling faces. There is no longer expression of fear on their faces. Transportation and trade have been effective and this indicates better conditions," he said.

Ahtissari, who was chief negotiator between Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), said that the peaceful situation after decades of conflict served as a spearhead for the development of Aceh`s economy.

He said that the Aceh Business Summit would pave the way for advancement of Aceh, after all, the summit was an international scale event where the world could see that Aceh`s security condition had been improved and conducive for business.