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Can Singapore conduct traditional military exercises in Indonesian waters?

  • Aristyo Rizka Darmawan

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Jakarta   /   Wed, December 18, 2019   /  03:59 pm
Can Singapore conduct traditional military exercises in Indonesian waters? A bilateral agreement has been concluded specifically to regulate the activities. What constitutes traditional fishers, where they can catch fish and what tools they can use have been agreed upon in the bilateral agreement so it can minimize disputes. (Shutterstock/Novikov Aleksey)

During a bilateral negotiation between Indonesia and Singapore regarding Indonesia’s bid to take over a flight information region (FIR) recently, an unrelated issue emerged, namely Singapore’s right to conduct traditional military exercises in Indonesian archipelagic waters. Though the issue is not new, this should have nothing to do with the negotiation of the FIR. This is related more to the pending Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) between Indonesia and Singapore. The agreement, which ended in 2003, was renewed and signed by the governments of both countries in 2007, but Indonesia’s House of Representatives refused to ratify it. The pending agreement has a provision regarding Singapore’s right to conduct military exercises in Indonesian waters. Due to the House’s refusal to ratify the DCA, Indonesia argues that Singapore should stop conducting mil...

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