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How to settle border disputes and troubles between neighbors

  • I Made Andi Arsana

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 23 2008   /  10:59 am

Disputes between Thailand and Cambodia in relation to an ancient temple called Preah Vihear located in their border area have been in the news for quite a while. It seems that the negotiations between the two neighbors have not worked out very well. In a talk on Oct. 12, 2008, the two States' foreign ministers failed to agree on the territorial dispute that has recently erupted into a brief military clash (The Jakarta Post, Oct. 13, 2008). They are having problems with borders. Meanwhile, Indonesia also faces problems regarding borders. Cases of fishermen being seized in the Malacca Strait are no longer surprising news for some of us. Not only that, the narrow Strait of Malacca is full of stories concerning border-related incidences -- armed robbery and ship hijacks, to name only a few. It seems that the maritime jurisdiction dividing lines between Indonesia and Ma...