Subject: Indonesian, East Timorese foreign ministers discuss maritime border

Indonesian, East Timorese foreign ministers discuss maritime border

August 16, 2004 6:40am Asia Intelligence Wire

Denpasar: Foreign Minister Hasan Wirayudha has said that it is expected that the remaining ten per cent of issues surrounding the border between Indonesia and its neighbour East Timor will be resolved in the near future, before October 2004.

"The issue of the border was 90 per cent resolved in the meeting in Jakarta last June," said the Foreign Minister, Hasan Wirayudha, after holding an informal meeting for 2.5 hours with the East Timorese Foreign Minister [Jose] Ramos Horta, in the Patra Bali Hotel in Tuban, Kuta, on Sunday [15 Aug] afternoon.

He said that many issues were discussed during the consultative meeting, including the previous discussions on the borders of Baltex Island. The issue could be resolved, based on the mutual understanding of the two parties.

Other issues discussed included the maritime boundaries between Indonesia and East Timor. The East Timor government had proposed that technical teams from the two countries hold a special meeting to discuss and resolve these issues.

Due to the fact that the Indonesian technical team was currently resolving issues of maritime borders with Malaysia and the Philippines, the negotiations with East Timor had been postponed until the two teams from Indonesia and East Timor were able to meet.

"We, both parties, agreed to prioritize the resolution of the issue of the maritime border," said Foreign Minister Hasan, who had welcomed the meeting with the East Timorese foreign minister, who had come to Bali in the context of a trip to East Nusa Tenggara on the invitation of the governor [to attend Independence Day celebrations on 17 August]. [Passage omitted]


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