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VII. Trading Self-Determination For Autonomy Or Enhanced Self-Governance

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Territorial autonomy has been the classical means of settling selfdetermination disputes outside the colonial context. It denotes selfgovernance of a demographically distinct territorial unit within the state. Virtually all settlements of the Cold War era were autonomy settlements. Since the outbreak of violent secessionism triggered by the Cold War transition, autonomy has been advocated once again as a possible solution. The recognition of further self-determination entitlements has been the subject of protracted discussion at the UN. Ultimately, the UN General Assembly adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. International agreements entered into by the government of Indonesia which relate to matters of special interest to Aceh are to be entered into in consultation with the legislature of Aceh. A final way of addressing ethnic movements is focused less on questions of constitutional architecture than on resource issues.

Keywords: Aceh; Cold War; indigenous peoples; selfdetermination; selfgovernance; territorial autonomy; UN General Assembly



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