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Trilateral land operations need legal umbrella: Seminar

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 9 2018   /  04:04 am

The plan to create a land patrol within the existing trilateral patrol mechanism between Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines around the Sulu Sea is still a long way away because of the constitutional rules of each country, preventing troops from hopping from one country to another, a seminar was told on Thursday.Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Negrillo Lorenzana said the three countries had been thinking about holding land operations, but they had yet to create a specific mechanism for such operations to happen.“We don’t have any mechanism to do that — to bring troops to our land or to take troops to your land — because of constitutional bans,” he said in a seminar on terrorism held on the sidelines of the 2018 Indo Defense Expo and Forum.In 2016, Indonesia proposed coordinated security operations with Malaysia and the Philippines to pursue militants that wo...