Reconfiguring politics: The Indonesia-Aceh peace process
Publication date: 
2008
Accord issue: 
20

President Ahtisaari describes his experiences as head of the mediation team that helped to deliver an effective peace agreement in Aceh in 2005. Discussion focuses on key determinants of success in the negotiating process, including lessons learned from previous peacemaking efforts, and the decision to hold out for a comprehensive settlement - 'nothing is agreed until everything is agreed'. Ahtisaari stresses the importance of incorporating a credible mechanism to oversee the implementation of the settlement, and he contextualizes his role as mediator within a broader set of initiatives and influences.