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Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Vietnam seek middle ground to prevent more altercations at sea

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Bangkok   /   Wed, July 31, 2019   /  04:51 pm
Indonesia, Vietnam seek middle ground to prevent more altercations at sea Indonesian Navy personnel impound a fishing vessel and take into custody its Vietnamese crew during a security operation in Natuna Islands waters in Riau Islands on Saturday. War vessel KRI Cut Nyak Dien-375, belonging to the first Fleet Command, apprehended the KG 1916 TS fishing boat and its 15-member crew for allegedly fishing illegally in Indonesian territory. (Courtesy of 1st Fleet Command/-)

Indonesia and Vietnam have begun talks on a “provisional arrangement” to prevent any further maritime skirmishes as they try to settle their overlapping claims to economic borders, which have been a source of tension between the Southeast Asian neighbors. Technical experts from the two sides met in Jakarta on Tuesday as a prelude to negotiations on a temporary arrangement governing conduct in the waters where Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and Indonesia’s North Natuna Sea overlap, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said after a bilateral meeting with her Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Binh Minh, in Bangkok. The two sides have been engaged in talks for years without much progress with regard to their overlapping claims at the edge of the widely contested South China Sea, one of the world’s busiest maritime trade routes. They reached an agreemen...