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  Signature, a first step The deal calls for an immediate end to hostilities and grants the oil-and gas-rich region with freedom of choice that reflects Achenese struggle and aspiration. GAM fighters express a willingness to go along with the agreement to allow international monitors in to Acheh, but in the long run, only a just referendum for self-determination can solve the Acheh conflict. While GAM and the Indonesian Government are critical players in this dispute, the Achenese people are not represented. Some representatives have been to Geneva during the negotiations, but they do not yet have the voice they need.  



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