03 June, 2009

Indonesia would not bargain with Malaysia and would not accept any claim over the disputed Ambalat !

" President summons security, military officials over Ambalat ", Unspun is wondering why the Malaysian mainstream media aren’t covering this story at all ?

From The Jakarta Post :

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono held a meeting on Wednesday afternoon with key security ministers and the Indonesian Military (TNI) leaders over the disputed oil-rich Ambalat maritime territory, tempointeraktif.com reported.

Armed forces chiefs in attendance were TNI chief Gen. Djoko Santoso, Navy chief Adm. Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno, Air Force chief Marshal Subandrio and Army chief Gen. Agustadi Sasongko Purnomo. Also present were National Police chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Widodo AS, Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Triyono Wibowo.

Ambalat is a maritime area located off the East Kalimantan coast, which both Indonesia and Malaysia claim as part of their jurisdiction.

The President had earlier said that Indonesia would not bargain with Malaysia and would not accept any claim by the neighboring country over the disputed territory.

Indonesia recently accused Malaysian warships of trespassing Indonesian territorial waters surrounding Ambalat several times, the latest being on Tuesday.

The dispute over the maritime block, believed to be rich in oil and gas, has been raising tensions between Indonesia and Malaysia since the 1980s.

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