KL-Jakarta ties 'not affected by fishing arrests'

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KL-Jakarta ties 'not affected by fishing arrests'

JAKARTA: Malaysia's Ambassador to Indonesia, Datuk Syed Munshe Afdzaruddin Syed Hassan, yesterday said the arrest of three Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries officers will not affect ties between Indonesia and Malaysia.

'Malaysia and Indonesia have perfect relations. There is no doubt about it,' he said, in comments reported in Indonesian online newspapers.

He also denied any allegations of territorial encroachment, a charge Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said Malaysia was guilty of.

Earlier yesterday, as many as 70 Malaysian flags were burned in Batam by a local youth organisation. The Jakarta Post said the flags were burned as a protest to Malaysia for breaching Indonesian territory, although it is unclear if the incident is related to the spate of arrests.

Last Friday, three Indonesian fisheries officers on board a patrol boat were arrested by Malaysian police, while seizing five Malaysian fishing boats carrying 15 fishermen catching fish in the waters off Kota Tinggi.

Indonesia detained seven of the fishermen, who had entered Indonesian waters despite being ordered to stop, on its patrol boat. The other eight fishermen, together with the Indonesian fisheries officers, were on the five Malaysian fishing vessels.

The detained Indonesian fisheries officers and Malaysian fishermen were released yesterday by the authorities and have returned to their respective countries, following an agreement reached between the foreign ministers of both sides.

Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Fadel Muhammad said economic cooperation at the Malaysia-Indonesia maritime border was needed to enable fishermen from both countries to operate in the area without any problem.

'This would resolve problems of encroachment by fishermen from both sides,' he told Indonesian private television station, TVOne.

Agreeing, Dr Natalegawa said he would like to start negotiating the issue of border demarcation with Malaysia as soon as possible.

Indonesian consul-general in Johor Baru Jonas Tobing told the same station that the three Indonesian officers were treated well by the Malaysian police. One of the officers, Mr Asriyadi, said the personnel who took his statement did so politely.

BERNAMA, JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
<span style="font-size: 14pt"><span style="font-weight: bold"> KL-Jakarta ties 'not affected by fishing arrests'</span></span><br /> <br /> JAKARTA: Malaysia's Ambassador to Indonesia, Datuk Syed Munshe Afdzaruddin Syed Hassan, yesterday said the arrest of three Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries officers will not affect ties between Indonesia and Malaysia.<br /> <br /> 'Malaysia and Indonesia have perfect relations. There is no doubt about it,' he said, in comments reported in Indonesian online newspapers.<br /> <br /> He also denied any allegations of territorial encroachment, a charge Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said Malaysia was guilty of.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold">Earlier yesterday, as many as 70 Malaysian flags were burned in Batam by a local youth organisation. The Jakarta Post said the flags were burned as a protest to Malaysia for breaching Indonesian territory, although it is unclear if the incident is related to the spate of arrests.</span><br /> <br /> Last Friday, three Indonesian fisheries officers on board a patrol boat were arrested by Malaysian police, while seizing five Malaysian fishing boats carrying 15 fishermen catching fish in the waters off Kota Tinggi.<br /> <br /> Indonesia detained seven of the fishermen, who had entered Indonesian waters despite being ordered to stop, on its patrol boat. The other eight fishermen, together with the Indonesian fisheries officers, were on the five Malaysian fishing vessels.<br /> <br /> The detained Indonesian fisheries officers and Malaysian fishermen were released yesterday by the authorities and have returned to their respective countries, following an agreement reached between the foreign ministers of both sides.<br /> <br /> Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Fadel Muhammad said economic cooperation at the Malaysia-Indonesia maritime border was needed to enable fishermen from both countries to operate in the area without any problem.<br /> <br /> 'This would resolve problems of encroachment by fishermen from both sides,' he told Indonesian private television station, TVOne.<br /> <br /> Agreeing, Dr Natalegawa said he would like to start negotiating the issue of border demarcation with Malaysia as soon as possible.<br /> <br /> Indonesian consul-general in Johor Baru Jonas Tobing told the same station that the three Indonesian officers were treated well by the Malaysian police. One of the officers, Mr Asriyadi, said the personnel who took his statement did so politely.<br /> <br /> BERNAMA, JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
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Originally Posted By: KuKuKaChu
Earlier yesterday, as many as 70 Malaysian flags were burned in Batam by a local youth organisation. The Jakarta Post said the flags were burned as a protest to Malaysia for breaching Indonesian territory, although it is unclear if the incident is related to the spate of arrests.

really?? they must have done it somewhere really quiet ...
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: KuKuKaChu</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><span style="font-weight: bold">Earlier yesterday, as many as 70 Malaysian flags were burned in Batam by a local youth organisation. The Jakarta Post said the flags were burned as a protest to Malaysia for breaching Indonesian territory, although it is unclear if the incident is related to the spate of arrests.</span></div></div> <br /> really?? they must have done it somewhere really quiet ...<br />
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