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  • I Made Andi Arsana

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Fri, September 24 2010   /  09:19 am

Indonesia celebrated its 65th Independence Day by “growing” almost 4,000 square kilometers. This apparent “expansion” of Indonesia results from recommendations delivered by the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) concerning Indonesia’s “new” seabed area beyond 370 kilometers from baselines. While for most countries baselines are usually their coastlines at low tide, for an archipelagic country like Indonesia, baselines are the belt of lines connecting the outermost points of its outlying islands. The CLCS recommendations confirmed an “additional” continental shelf of around the size of Madura Island, located to the west of Sumatra, as being part of Indonesia’s maritime jurisdiction. According to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982, to which Indonesia is a party, a coastal state is entitled to continental shelf that may extend beyond 20...