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The Djuanda Declaration has more to offer

  • Muhammad Taufan and Aloysius Selwas Taborat

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Jakarta   /   Thu, December 14, 2017   /  12:42 pm
The Djuanda Declaration has more to offer A harbor overlooking the Indian Ocean on Manado city. (Shutterstock/File)

Indonesia celebrated Nusantara Day on Wednesday to recall the historic declaration by former prime minister Djuanda 60 years ago. Famously known as the Djuanda Declaration, the statement was more than just a political expression aimed at calculated legal ramifications, but one that carried with it a geopolitical and geo-economic aspiration and bearing. The Declaration irreversibly reinforced the unity of the archipelago’s waters and its thousands of islands. It thus laid the framework for Indonesia’s geopolitical conception of tanah-air, the equivalent of “homeland” in the Indonesian language. Rather than being divided, the tanah (land) and air (water) of the archipelago were formed into the indivisible and sacred whole that is Indonesia’s territory. On the other hand, it was also an aspiration of geo-economic weight in which Indonesia unmistakably ass...

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