The Jakarta Post
The Foreign Ministry has said it will immediately send a protest note to Malaysia concerning territorial infringements in Ambalat as soon as it receives complete data on the violation from the Indonesian Military (TNI) headquarters.
'Each time a territorial infringement occurs, we will send a protest note as long as we have obtained all related data, including coordinates of the location where the violation took place,' said Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi as quoted by Antara at the State Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday.
The minister said she had coordinated with Indonesian Military commander Gen. Moeldoko and asked him to give details on the coordinates.
'If it is proven that territorial infringements have occurred at those coordinates, we will issue a protest note,' said Retno, adding there was a standard mechanism the ministry needed to fulfill before it issued a protest note on a territorial violation.
Malaysian warships have reportedly been spotted illegally entering Indonesian waters off Ambalat in Nunukan regency nine times this year.
Retno said that as of Tuesday morning, she had not yet received reports from the Indonesian Military headquarters on territorial violations in Ambalat.
'The Indonesian Military commander has promised to give us the data. Again, there is a basic mechanism we need to adhere to in issuing a protest note, and we have taken such measures repeatedly,' she said. (ebf)(+++)
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