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RI lays claim to continental shelf -- and rich resources

  • I Made Andi Arsana

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 17 2008   /  10:10 am

On June 16, 2008, Indonesia made a submission to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) regarding its claim to continental shelf rights beyond 200 nautical miles of its coast. This was done in accordance with Article 76 of the UN Conventions on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). As part of the submission, a coastal state has to delineate the outer limits of its continental shelf. The above process is commonly recognized as an "extending maritime claim". However, Indonesia is not extending its maritime area, but confirming its limits beyond 200 miles. With respect to its continental shelf, a coastal state secures sovereign rights for exploration and exploitation, which "do not depend on occupation, effective or notional, or on any express proclamation" (UNCLOS, Article 77). Indonesia is the 12th state to submit its Exten...