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Understanding border issues in Camar Bulan, Tanjung Datu

  • I Made Andi Arsana

Wollongong, Australia   /   Thu, October 20 2011   /  08:00 am

Border issues are by no means new to Indonesia and Malaysia. One may predict that the current border issue between Indonesia and Malaysia in Camar Bulan and Tanjung Datu will certainly not be the last.

The two countries have too many pending boundaries to finalize. In the case of Camar Bulan, news reports said that Malaysia was trying to take over Indonesia’s territory, which does not seem to be the case.

Official information and reports have been provided by the Indonesian government. That many people have not yet understood what has happened is a different story.

Indonesia and Malaysia established their land border in Borneo based on a previous agreement between Great Britain and the Netherlands.

This is an application of the uti possidetis juris principle governing that territory and borders of a country are the same as that of its predecessor. In other ...