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(From The Jakarta Post)
After 25 years of negotiations, Indonesia and Vietnam signed an agreement on their maritime boundary during President Megawati Soekarnoputri's visit to Hanoi last month. Hasjim Djalal, professor of international relations and law at Padjadjaran University, told The Jakarta Post's Kornelius Purba that Indonesia had failed to settle sea boundary disputes with its neighbors.
Question: We have settled maritime boundary problems with Vietnam. What about our other neighbors?
Answer: Under the sea law convention, which was ratified by Indonesia in 1985, there are several maritime boundaries that Indonesia has to settle nationally and with neighbors. The convention allows Indonesia to chart internal waters within its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), in which there is no right of passage for foreign …