Six Indonesian fishermen were to recently stand trial in Timor Leste “for breaching the neighboring country’s maritime territory” (The Jakarta Post, Jan. 13). One immediate question that arises in relation to the news is whether or not Indonesia and Timor Leste have settled their maritime boundaries?
The next question would be that if the two countries had yet to settle their maritime boundaries, how can one judge that the fishermen crossed a border?
Put simply, if the two countries had settled their maritime boundaries, it would not be difficult to judge whether or not the fishermen had committed a border crossing. The term “crossing” can only be used if there is a fence in place.
It is worth noting that Indonesia has yet to settle maritime boundaries involving more than 20 segments in 15 different locations. Interestingly, even in areas where maritime b...