Indonesia's president urges Malaysia to resolve border disputes

Indonesia's president urges Malaysia to resolve border disputes

President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (ANTARA FOTO/Andika Wahyu)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called upon Malaysia to be serious about resolving all border disputes with Indonesia.

"Through this forum, I call for Malaysia to be serious about resolving the remaining border disputes. In comparison to other nations Malaysia does not seem very keen to find a real solution," President Yudhoyono stated during a meeting with the Technical Team of Maritime Borders Determination here on Monday.

Indonesia and Malaysia are still arguing over four border areas: the Malacca Strait, South Malacca, the South China Sea, and the Celebes Sea.

President Yudhoyono expressed hope that his successor President-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will be able to continue the efforts.

President Yudhoyono will leave office on October 20 when Jokowi will begin his term for 2014-19 period.

During the meeting, President Yudhoyono expressed his gratitude to the maritime border disputes diplomats and negotiators for their success in some territorial agreements that resolved many disputes with neighboring countries.

During his previous term in 2014, President Yudhoyono had signed two maritime borders agreements.

In the first one in May 2014, Indonesia and the Philippines signed the delimitation agreement of the Exclusive Economic Zone, which was a territorial dispute for 20 years.

Indonesia and the Philippines had argued on maritime borders in the Celebes Sea and Pacific Ocean.

In September 2014, Indonesia and Singapore signed the maritime borders determination agreement of the eastern Singapore Strait that covers Batam waters (Indonesia) and Changi area (Singapore).

"A status quo is not an option. Thank you for being part of the solution and becoming trouble shooters instead of being trouble makers, as is the case with many others in this country," President Yudhoyono remarked.

(Uu.A060/INE/B003)

Reporting by Muhammad Arief Iskandar

EDITED BY INE.

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