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Government Debates Failings and Successes in Aceh, Papua (23 Jul 2010)
Jakarta Globe - The government has acknowledged it needs to run more development programs in Papua and Aceh provinces, saying the existing programs are not enough.

Rights groups slam US-Indonesia ties (23 Jul 2010)
The Sydney Morning Herald - Human rights groups reacted angrily on Friday to the US military's resumption of ties with Indonesian special forces accused of ongoing human rights violations in the young democracy.

In Papua, A Threat By OPM Separatists (23 Jul 2010)
Jakarta Globe - The separatist Free Papua Movement, which has been engaged in a low-profile armed resistance against the Indonesian presence in the province since the 1960s, on Thursday threatened to step up attacks against the government until Papuan independence was granted.

U.S. ends ban on ties with Indonesian special forces (22 Jul 2010)
Reuters - Washington said Thursday it was dropping a ban on ties with Indonesia's special forces, imposed over human rights abuses in the 1990s, a move that may eventually allow combat training of the once-notorious unit.

Gates Seeks Stronger Military Ties With Indonesia (22 Jul 2010)
GlobalSecurity.org - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here today for meetings intended to enhance defense ties between the United States and Indonesia. The secretary’s first order of business here was to inform Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during a meeting at the presidential palace that the United States will begin a process of re-engagement with Kopassus, the special forces branch of Indonesia’s army.