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Indonesia, Timor Leste to begin talks on maritime boundary delimitation

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, July 23, 2019   /  12:39 pm
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Coordinating Political, Security and Legal Affairs Minister Wiranto (right) and Timor Leste's chief border negotiator Xanana Gusmao exchange memoranda of agreement on land borders at a co-signing ceremony at the former's office in Central Jakarta, on July 23. The governments of Indonesia and Timor Leste have agreed to conclude talks on land borders in Noel Besi-Citrana and Bijael Sunan-Oben, along with further arrangements on exclaves Batugade and Motaain, as well as the Passabe-Haumeni'ana border segment.(Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

Indonesia and Timor Leste are soon to begin negotiations on the delimitation of their maritime boundaries after settling their land borders, officials have said, as Asia’s youngest nation seeks to consolidate its sovereignty 20 years after an independence referendum. The two countries are ready to begin the next phase of border talks, Coordinating Political, Security and Legal Affairs Minister Wiranto said on Monday, following his meeting with Timor Leste’s first president Xanana Gusmao, who now acts as its chief maritime boundary negotiator and special oil and gas representative. “In the meeting, which was held in a friendly atmosphere, we have agreed on the settlement of two unresolved [borders] -- the Noel Besi-Citrana and Bidjael Sunan-Oben segments," Wiranto told reporters at his office in Jakarta. Noel Besi-Citrana is an area in East Nusa Tenggara&rs...