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Jakarta Post

Good fences make good neighbors

  • I Made Andi Arsana

Yogyakarta   /   Mon, September 13 2010   /  10:49 am

The situation between Indonesia and Malaysia is apparently cooling down. It is interesting to observe how the two neighboring states are often trapped in the same scenario: Upholding national positions in
border areas subject to claims by both sides. Tension surrounding border areas is by no means unique to Indonesia and Malaysia only. Borders represent points of potential friction or cooperation, so it is not strange for problems to occur when states are so close to one another with shared interests and claims.Coastal states such as Indonesia and Malaysia, according the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, are entitled to maritime areas around their land territories. Those maritime zones/areas are the territorial sea (reaching 12 nautical miles from the coast), exclusive economic zones or ZEE (200 nm) and continental shelf (potentially up to 350 nm or more).  Lookin...