Navy Warns of Potential Conflicts in South China Sea

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The condition in South China Sea is heating up and though not a claimant, its geographical position forces Indonesia to remain on guard that it would not be dragged into the conflict, a navy officer said.

    "Indonesia should be able to play a role in seeking a solution to the conflict," Assistant Operation of Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Ari Soedewo said in a statement on Wednesday.

    The Indonesian navy need to be more on the alert to keep away from being hit by the spillover, Ari Soedewo said.

    In the past problem, sea security was dominated by conventional crimes but now sea crimes have expanded in dimension to transnational crimes including piracy, illegal fishing, terrorism, smuggling, and illegal migrants, he said.

    Settlement of the crimes often needs involvement of two or more countries, he said in the statement read out at a navy working meeting on law.

    Meanwhile, head of the navy law development service Commodore Supradono said the two day meeting is attended by 39 navy officers.

    The meeting sought solution to sea crimes including transnational crimes.