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Jakarta Post

Private mapmaker suspected in border blunder

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 14 2009   /  10:25 am

Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda has brushed off rumors of a takeover of Indonesia’s northernmost island of Miangas by the Philippines, saying Manila was fully aware Miangas was Indonesian territory. “Making a fuss about Miangas Island is a waste of time. The Philippine government has not even officially claimed anything yet,” Hassan said Saturday as quoted by Antara news agency. He was responding to a map published recently by the Philippine Tourism Authority, which showed Indonesia’s outermost island as falling under the jurisdiction of the Philippines. The small island, called Las Palmas in Spanish, has an area of around 3.15 square kilometers and a population of 680. Geographically, Miangas is closer to the Philippines than to Indonesia — 77 kilometers away from the former and 232 kilometers away from the latter. Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku F...