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Claim territory or risk losing it: Expert

  • Mustaqim Adamrah and Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 18 2010   /  08:52 am

Indonesia has to unilaterally lay claim to its territory bordering Malaysia following the arrest of three Indonesian civil servants and seven Malaysian fishermen over a border dispute, says an expert.“The Indonesian government needs to claim Indonesia’s sovereign territory unilaterally, based on UNCLOS [the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea] and uphold law there,” University of Indonesia defense expert Andi Widjajanto said Tuesday.“It is a common practice, done by many countries, just like what China has done in the South China Sea.”Indonesian Maritime Affairs  and Fisheries Ministry inspectors detained seven Malaysian fishermen in Tanjung Berakit waters, Riau Island province, last Friday for allegedly trespassing and illegally fishing in Indonesian waters.But a Malaysian Marine Police patrol boat intercepted them and requested the fishermen be released. Unhe...