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Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Philippines to finalize overlapping maritime boundary negotiations

  • Liza Yosephine
    Liza Yosephine

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 2, 2016   /  09:24 am
Indonesia, Philippines to finalize overlapping maritime boundary negotiations Former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (second from right) points at a map beside former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (right) during a signing ceremony at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on May 23, 2014. The Philippines and Indonesia have signed an agreement resolving their sea border disputes after 20 years of negotiations. (AP/Aaron Favila)

Indonesia and the Philippines are forging ahead to finalize negotiations on overlapping maritime boundaries, the move comes following a meeting between the foreign ministers of both countries on Friday, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry.

The neighboring countries signed a maritime border accord in 2014 on the overlapping exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the Indonesian Celebes Sea and the Philippine Mindanao Sea.

"[We] have both agreed on the need to accelerate the settlement of negotiations on the continental shelf boundaries of the two countries," Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said in a press statement following a meeting with her Philippines counterpart Perfecto Yasay in Manila on Friday.

Retno is the first foreign dignitary to meet with the new Philippines foreign secretary. The meeting was a day after the inauguration of the new administration under President Rodrigo Duterte on June 30.


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