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Jakarta Post

Settling maritime borders a tough job

  • I Made Andi Arsana
    I Made Andi Arsana

    Lecturer at the Department of Geodetic Engineering, Gadjah Mada University

Yogyakarta   /   Mon, July 24, 2017   /  10:28 am
Settling maritime borders a tough job Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti speaks in front of the House of Representatives’ Commission IV, overseeing among others Maritime Affairs and Fisheries during a hearing in Jakarta on July 11. (Antara/M Agung Rajasa)

During an official visit to Nunukan, East Kalimantan, last month, Ambassador Eddy Pratomo, the President’s special envoy for the determination of Indonesia-Malaysia maritime boundaries, said the two countries were working hard toward the definition of “fence” in the seas between them and some progress had been made. Ambassador Pratomo’s appointment two years ago itself indicates the importance of the borders between the two Southeast Asian neighbors. Indonesia has 10 neighbors to deal with to settle maritime boundaries, and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo appointed a special envoy only for Indonesia-Malaysia sea borders. This might also show the complexity and sensitivity of the issue. The first maritime boundary segment between Indonesia and Malaysia was settled in 1969 and nearly half a decade later, the borders have yet to be finalized. Similar...

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