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Jakarta Post

Mapping good fences with Timor Leste

  • I Made Andi Arsana

Sydney   /   Mon, April 8 2013   /  10:33 am

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with Timor Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao on the issue of borders and ASEAN (The Jakarta Post, March 21). This reminds us that Indonesia and Timor Leste have yet to settle their shared land and maritime boundaries.

I remember my involvement in land-boundary mapping back in 2003. Ten years after the survey, the land boundaries have still not been completed.

It seems that the talk on settling boundaries is in line with the spirit of Timor Leste’s President Taur Matan Ruak. Within the first few days after his election, President Ruak made a reasonably strong statement regarding the issue of maritime boundaries between Timor Leste and Australia.

The Sydney Morning Herald (April 17, 2012) wrote, “New East Timor president to take tough stance on boundary issues”.

Furthermore, Ruak was quoted as saying ‘’I see Au...