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Indonesia, Malaysia must resolve conflict through negotiations: ambassador

08-20-2010 14:51 BJT

JAKARTA, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Negotiating territorial borders is the only way to end the frequent disputes between Indonesia and Malaysia, the Jakarta Post quoted an ambassador as saying on Friday.

Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia Dato' Syed Munshe Afdzaruddin said it would be up to the foreign ministers of both nations to decide on the best time to negotiate Indonesia-Malaysia border disputes following a recent flare up in Tanjung Berakit waters, Riau Island province.

"This has to be resolved ... It's a process, not an overnight (solution)," he said.

The latest dispute occurred when Malaysian Marine Police detained three Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry inspectors last Friday after the latter and other Indonesian officers, who arrested seven Malaysian fishermen for trespassing and illegally fishing in Indonesian waters, had ignored the Malaysian officers' warning shots.

Afdzaruddin said that the "minor case" would not affect the overall bilateral relationship.

Both countries have ongoing maritime disputes in the Malacca Strait, the South China Sea, the Sulawesi Sea and in the waters north of Bintan and Batam Islands, where the latest incident occurred.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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