Indonesia Needs `Ocean Going` Vessels to Secure its EEZ: Luhut

Translator

Antara

5 January 2020 11:00 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan has proposed the purchase of `Ocean Going` vessels to strengthen Indonesia's capability of safeguarding its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) rights from violations by foreign ships.

"I have proposed the purchase of these Ocean Going vessels. We have never possessed such ships since the existence of this Republic," he told journalists following his meeting with Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto who visited his office on Friday.

Pandjaitan proposed the purchase of those ocean going ships amid the recent violations of Chinese coast guard vessels escorting tens of Chinese fishing boats to poach on Indonesia's EEZ near the Natuna waters on Dec 19 and Dec 24, 2019.

This incident has made the Indonesian Foreign Ministry lodge a diplomatic protest by summoning China's ambassador in Jakarta.

Pandjaitan said the government has agreed to have more patrol vessels to secure the country's maritime boundary, and Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto is willing to purchase the 138 up to 140-meter-long frigates.

Regarding China's recent violations in the Indonesian EEZ, he said the case need not be exaggerated because, in fact, Indonesia's capability of conducting regular patrols in its EEZ remains limited.

At present, Indonesia's Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) was still in a process of being empowered to enable it to become a real powerful coast guard, he said, adding that intensifying patrols in Indonesia's EEZ is needed, and the Chinese violations should be taken as a momentum for a self-reflection.

In response to  China's recent violations in the Indonesian EEZ, the University of Indonesia's international law expert, Hikmahanto Juwana, told Antara that Indonesia rejects China's claim of having traditional fishing rights on the North Natuna Sea.

According to Juwana, the Indonesian Government must have one voice in addressing this issue as represented by Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi. At the same time, the government needs also intensify regular patrols on the North Natuna Sea, and enforce law against the violations of foreign vessels.

"Our intensive patrols are also aimed at protecting our fishermen's fishing boats from being disturbed by the Chinese coast guard vessels," he said, adding that a negotiation with China regarding the issues of North Natuna Sea is totally unnecessary.

Over these past three years, the Chinese coast guard vessels have repeatedly violated Indonesia's EEZ rights.

In March 2016, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi had also lodged a protest with the Chinese Charge d'affaires in Jakarta Sun Weide over Chinese coast guard violations in the Indonesian waters.

At that time, Minister Marsudi revealed that the protest note addressed to the Chinese Embassy contained at least three main points.

First, the Indonesian Government had objected to the violations committed by the Chinese coast guard against the country's sovereign rights and jurisdiction in the EEZ and continental shelf.

Second, the Indonesian Government raised a protest on the violation by the Chinese coast guard against its law enforcement agencies on the EEZ and continental shelf.

Third, the Indonesian Government protested to the violation committed by the Chinese coast guard on its marine territorial sovereignty.

The minister said the Indonesian government had sought clarification from the Chinese government over the incident.

Marsudi also stressed that as part of sound state relations, each country must respect the principles of international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in 1982.

She also emphasized that Indonesia is not a claimant state in the South China Sea and not a claimant state in the South China Sea dispute.

ANTARA



Luhut Rebuts Issues that Indonesia Is Controlled by China

4 hari lalu

Luhut Rebuts Issues that Indonesia Is Controlled by China

Coordinating Minister Luhut Pandjaitan denied issues that Indonesia was controlled by China.


Luhut Lauds China Pledge to Import 1 Million CPO from Indonesia

13 hari lalu

Luhut Lauds China Pledge to Import 1 Million CPO from Indonesia

Minister Luhut Pandjaitan claims China is committed to increasing its imports of Indonesian crude palm oil (CPO) up to one million tons.


Luhut Wants Domestic Tourists to Become Backbone of Tourism Industry

25 hari lalu

Luhut Wants Domestic Tourists to Become Backbone of Tourism Industry

Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan says this is aimed at creating economic resilience.


President Jokowi Orders Reduced Fuel Consumption, Says Minister Luhut

28 hari lalu

President Jokowi Orders Reduced Fuel Consumption, Says Minister Luhut

Minister Luhut says President Jokowi has ordered him to reduce the country's dependency on fuel.


Investment Minister Calls Grab to Bring Headquarters to Indonesia

28 hari lalu

Investment Minister Calls Grab to Bring Headquarters to Indonesia

Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan urges ride-hailing firm Grab to move its headquarters from Singapore to Indonesia.


Luhut Targeting Palm Oil Production Volume at 12 tons per Hectare

32 hari lalu

Luhut Targeting Palm Oil Production Volume at 12 tons per Hectare

Right now, Indonesia's palm oil production volume is between 4 and 5 tons per hectare, Luhut says.


Luhut: Indonesia's COVID-19 Situation Better than Other Countries

35 hari lalu

Luhut: Indonesia's COVID-19 Situation Better than Other Countries

Coordinating Minister Luhut says that Indonesia's COVID-19 situation is better than other countries that are facing a significant surge in cases.


Luhut Urges Trade Ministry to Expedite CPO Exports

37 hari lalu

Luhut Urges Trade Ministry to Expedite CPO Exports

Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan urged Trade Ministry to accelerate export of crude palm oil (CPO)and cooking oil raw material to increase fruit price


Luhut Meets UAE President and Saudi Arabia Prince to Discuss Hajj, G20

51 hari lalu

Luhut Meets UAE President and Saudi Arabia Prince to Discuss Hajj, G20

Minister Luhut meets with UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed and Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss hajj quota increase and G20 Presidency.


Luhut Says Many Parties Resent Audit on Palm Oil Companies

55 hari lalu

Luhut Says Many Parties Resent Audit on Palm Oil Companies

Coordinating Minister Luhut stated that many parties did not like the audit policy of palm oil companies.