On Oct. 14, the Padjadjaran University in Bandung conferred its annual Mochtar Kusumaatmadja Award to Ambassador Tommy Koh of Singapore, the president of the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea from 1980 to 1982, to acknowledge his valuable contribution to the development of international law and pivotal role in the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which recognizes the concept of an archipelagic state.
This recognition capped Indonesia’s 25 years of diplomacy, which began with the Djuanda Declaration in December 1957. The Djuanda Declaration itself was the result of a study conducted by Mochtar, who was Indonesian foreign minister in 1978-1988.
The philosophy of tanah air (homeland), land and water as a single united entity that cannot be separated from one another, coupled with secur...
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