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VIVAnews - The June 1 Plenary Meeting of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) approved a Treaty Agreement between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Singapore concerning the Countries' border in the Western Singapore Straight. The agreement was accepted unanimously. Previously, the bill's ratification had been discussed by Commission I of the Indonesian Parliament.

Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives Commission I (responsible for security, defense and foreign relations), Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita explained that ratification of of The Maritime Boundaries Act is an Indonesian diplomatic success with regard to securing the sovereignty of the Indonesian Archipelago.

"Ratification is a recognition of the existence and sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia, and helps to ensure law enforcement on the borders of both countries," said Agus. This clear-cut legal agreement will make it easier to prevent border violations in the waters of the Singapore Straights.

Agus also stated that the ratification of the Indonesia-Singapore border agreement has strategic economic, political and security benefits because the sea lanes between between Indonesia and Singapore will be explicitly defined. "This will result in improved bilateral relations between the two countries," stated the Golkar Party (Partai Golongan Karya) member.

Agus also explained that Archipelagos such as Indonesia face complex challenges in preserving their territorial seas, including issues related to national defense. He continued to say that Indonesia and Singapore have border-related issues.

"It is feared that land reclamation of the coastal areas of Singapore will change Singapore's border. There are also fears that erosion of Nipah Island (Near Batam) may change the border of the territorial waters of Indonesia,"

However, the ratification of this agreement confirms that the two countries will continue to make UNCLOS (The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) a benchmark measurement for boundaries.

UNCLOS states that the measurement of a state boundary is determined on the basis of the existing natural boundary line. "Hence, Singapore's land reclamation and erosion on Nipah Island will have no effect with regard to the Indonesia-Singapore border in the area, because those two things are not included in the UNCLOS definition of natural boundaries," Agus told the forum.

Although Ratification of the Indonesia-Singapore Maritime Boundaries Act has been approved, Agus cautioned that the issue of Indonesia's borders is far from finished. There are many maritime boundaries between Indonesia and neighboring countries that have yet to be determined and these areas should to be defined to ensure long term safety and state sovereignty.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said that Indonesia does not have to worry about the area being named the 'Singapore Straights' because it does not mean Singapore has exclusive management rights over the sea between Indonesia and Singapore. "The name 'Singapore Straits' has been been defined from the beginning by the UN's International Hydro-graphic Organization," he explained. Previously, PKS had objected because of fears that the name 'Singapore Straits' would lessen Indonesia's share in benefits from the area. (Adi)

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<img src="http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy160/BatamChat/TNI.jpg" align="right" alt="" /> <br /> VIVAnews - The June 1 Plenary Meeting of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) approved a Treaty Agreement between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Singapore concerning the Countries' border in the Western Singapore Straight. The agreement was accepted unanimously. Previously, the bill's ratification had been discussed by Commission I of the Indonesian Parliament.<br /> <br /> Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives Commission I (responsible for security, defense and foreign relations), Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita explained that ratification of of The Maritime Boundaries Act is an Indonesian diplomatic success with regard to securing the sovereignty of the Indonesian Archipelago.<br /> <br /> &quot;Ratification is a recognition of the existence and sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia, and helps to ensure law enforcement on the borders of both countries,&quot; said Agus. This clear-cut legal agreement will make it easier to prevent border violations in the waters of the Singapore Straights.<br /> <br /> Agus also stated that the ratification of the Indonesia-Singapore border agreement has strategic economic, political and security benefits because the sea lanes between between Indonesia and Singapore will be explicitly defined. &quot;This will result in improved bilateral relations between the two countries,&quot; stated the Golkar Party (Partai Golongan Karya) member.<br /> <br /> Agus also explained that Archipelagos such as Indonesia face complex challenges in preserving their territorial seas, including issues related to national defense. He continued to say that Indonesia and Singapore have border-related issues.<br /> <br /> &quot;It is feared that land reclamation of the coastal areas of Singapore will change Singapore's border. There are also fears that erosion of Nipah Island (Near Batam) may change the border of the territorial waters of Indonesia,&quot; <br /> <br /> However, the ratification of this agreement confirms that the two countries will continue to make UNCLOS (The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) a benchmark measurement for boundaries.<br /> <br /> UNCLOS states that the measurement of a state boundary is determined on the basis of the existing natural boundary line. &quot;Hence, Singapore's land reclamation and erosion on Nipah Island will have no effect with regard to the Indonesia-Singapore border in the area, because those two things are not included in the UNCLOS definition of natural boundaries,&quot; Agus told the forum.<br /> <br /> Although Ratification of the Indonesia-Singapore Maritime Boundaries Act has been approved, Agus cautioned that the issue of Indonesia's borders is far from finished. There are many maritime boundaries between Indonesia and neighboring countries that have yet to be determined and these areas should to be defined to ensure long term safety and state sovereignty.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said that Indonesia does not have to worry about the area being named the 'Singapore Straights' because it does not mean Singapore has exclusive management rights over the sea between Indonesia and Singapore. &quot;The name 'Singapore Straits' has been been defined from the beginning by the UN's International Hydro-graphic Organization,&quot; he explained. Previously, PKS had objected because of fears that the name 'Singapore Straits' would lessen Indonesia's share in benefits from the area. (Adi) <br /> <br /> Original Article <a href="http://politik.vivanews.com/news/read/154769-dpr_sahkan_batas_laut_indonesia_singapura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HERE</a>
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