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Indonesia's commitment to border diplomacy never slackens off

There are two key principles in border diplomacy. First, clear borderlines will foster good relationships among the neighboring countries. Second, no country will be able to live a peaceful life with conflicts happening around it.

These two principles were delivered today by Prof. Dr. Hasyim Djalal, a member of National Maritime Council, in his keynote speech in the 35th Annual Conference on the Law of the Sea and Ocean Policy in Bali (23/06/2011).

Hasyim emphasized that Indonesia as a country with many maritime borderlines has never slackened off in its commitment to maintain good relationships through border diplomacy.

�Indonesia is one of the most productive countries in finalizing their border treaties,� said the senior diplomat who once served as an Ambassador at-large for the law of the sea and maritime affairs.

According to his recollection, Indonesia has managed to finalize 17 border treaties in the past 40 years. �Be it about territorial sea, continental shelf and economic zone�.

Surely, not all of border problems were solved. However, Indonesia keeps making efforts to hold a negotiation on the border issues that have not been solved by prioritizing diplomacy and good friendship principle.

Regional Maritime Border Issues

Regarding regional situation, especially the South China Sea issue, Hasyim once again explained that the diplomacy principle constitutes that a stable and peaceful region becomes Indonesia�s interest.

Therefore, when answering to the media�s questions concerning this issue on the sidelines of the meeting, Hasyim ascertained that Indonesia had always played its part in encouraging dialogs.

�Indonesian government has strived to hold informal dialogs between the related parties since 20 years ago,� he added.

Now, it is essential to make an effort to discover cooperation elements. �In every problem, there is always an element to cooperate. That should be prioritized.�

Hasyim also stated the three goals in solving border problems. First was to learn to cooperate. Second was to encourage dialogs between the related parties to solve the differences.

Third, he said, was to build mutual trust. This was necessary to create a cooperative atmosphere.

On the occasion, Hasyim viewed the conference in Bali as the right forum for the attending experts and scientists to express their ideas regarding the solution to the various maritime problems.

The Conference

This morning, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Triyono Wibowo officially opened the 35th Annual Conference on the Law of the Sea and Ocean Policy. The conference will be held for the next 2 days (23-24/06) and attended by at least 115 participants from 14 countries.

Various people from different fields, from central and local governments, academicians, practitioners as well as experts on international law coming from Indonesia and Asian regions participated in the conference that is held for the first time in Indonesia.

The meeting is a form of cooperation between Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Center for Oceans Law and Policy Conference (COLP) University of Virginia, United States. The Center for International Law of Singapore and Korea Maritim Institute sponsored of the event.

The meeting is an academic oriented occasion with the purpose of sharing experiences related to Maritime Border Diplomacy which is one of the Indonesian priority foreign policies.

In addition, the meeting also has a purpose to expand networks in order to strengthen Indonesia�s position in the field of the law of the sea and to encourage the emergence of new cadres in the law of the sea in Indonesia.

Six panels, consisting of well known international law of the sea experts from domestic and abroad, will be discussing the Maritime Border Diplomacy issues.

Topics that will be brought up, among others are maritime border diplomacy, archipelagic resources in the South East Asia regions, sea environment and border, unsolved regional border issues and mechanism of resolving conflicts

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