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Jakarta Post

Indonesia restores key maritime baseline of Nipah Island: Foreign Ministry

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 5 2009   /  06:12 pm

The island of Nipah, Indonesia's outermost territory, has been given a fresh lease on life as an agreed baseline for Indonesia's maritime border with Singapore, after extensive reclamation work carried out by the government, a Foreign Ministry official said Wednesday. Arief Havas Oegroseno, the Foreign Ministry's director general for international treaties and legal affairs, said the government had worked on the revitalization of Nipah Island, which will be developed for various purposes, including as a traffic monitoring base for anchoring vessels. Nipah Island, part of the Riau Islands province off Sumatra, became a center of controversy in 2003 after environmentalists claimed an estimated 300 million cubic meters of sand had been dredged from seabed around it and sold to Singapore each year for its coastal expansion works that boomed from 1999. Concerns have arisen that...