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Jakarta Post

Mapping a good fence with Singapore

  • I Made Andi Arsana,

Wollongong, Australia   /   Mon, February 9 2009   /  05:13 pm

Once again, Indonesia has proved its ability to beneficially establish maritime boundaries with its neighbours. After nearly five years of intensive negotiations, Indonesia has managed to agree upon a maritime boundary with Singapore, on the Strait of Singapore (The Jakarta Post, Feb. 4, 2009). The previous agreement between the two countries was signed in 1973 and marked the territorial seas between Singapore and Indonesia's Batam Island. The segment is "floating" and contains six turning points. Point P1 is at the western tip and point P6 is at the eastern tip of the boundary. Beyond these two points, at the western and eastern sides, are gaps. Apparently, Indonesia and Singapore managed to close one of the gaps by agreeing a new line starting from point P1 westward. This new maritime boundary is the second one with Singapore, 36 years after the first one was establishe...