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Jakarta Post

A review of maritime issues in 2009

  • I Made Andi Arsana

New South Wales, Australia   /   Wed, January 6 2010   /  09:34 am

2009 has just ended. This is a good time to look back and review what has happened over the last year. This article focuses on maritime issues in 2009, based on which Indonesia can prepare its ocean-related policy for the future. Earlier last year, Indonesia made significant progress in its maritime boundary negotiations with Singapore by signing an agreement on a territorial sea boundary for a short segment in the Singapore Strait. This is the second boundary agreement with Singapore after the first was signed in 1973. The agreement, which is also the second maritime boundary agreement in the twenty-first century for Indonesia, was achieved after five years of intensive negotiation. This was regarded a reasonably short time considering boundary negotiations normally take decades to finalize. An earlier agreement with Vietnam in 2003, for example, took about 25 years to negotiate.Apart f...