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Jakarta Post

RI mulls deploying armed guards on ships

  • Anggi M. Lubis

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 22 2016   /  08:01 am

Indonesia is looking at the option of posting security guards aboard commercial ships passing through the waters of Sulu in the Philippines, which are infested by militant group Abu Sayyaf.

While enabling security forces to accompany commercial vessels is legally possible, an expert warned that potential clashes resulting from the onboard presence of armed security personnel could aggravate the situation and be seen as an intrusion into the Philippine purview.

Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said on Thursday that allowing private security armed forces in Sulu waters was among the options being deliberated by the Indonesian, Philippine and Malaysian governments as a follow up to a tripartite meeting.

He added, however, that legal preparation was needed to realize such a move, as there were currently no supporting regulations.

“We are lo...