Indonesia Reveals Reasons behind ´North Natuna Sea´

Sunday, 16 July 2017 , 09:00:00 WIB -

Two F-16 fighter planes are seen preparing to patrol the skies of Aceh, Tuesday (11/7). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs has launched an updated map of Indonesia, Jakarta, Friday (14/7), which replaces the name a chunk of South China Sea to North Natuna Sea.

Havas Oegroseno, Deputy for Maritime Sovereignty Coordination, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, said there are several reasons behind the new name.

"A sea territory agreement between Singapore and Indonesia has been signed and has become effective. An Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) agreement has also been ratified between the Philippines and Indonesia, so it will be effective soon," Havas said, quoted by setkab.go.id.

The second reason, Havas further stated, is the arbitrage ruling between the Philippines and China, which has created an international jurisprudence that small islands and small coral areas in the middle of the sea that cannot support the life of humans shall not be subject to 200 sea-mile EEZ and continental shelf rights. Therefore, some small islands belong to neighboring countries can only be given a 12 sea-mile border. "Then, there is the update of sea columns in North Natuna," said the former Indonesian ambassador for Belgium.

The third reason, the continental shelf in the region has been using the names ‘North Natuna Block, ‘South Natuna Block’, ‘East Natuna Block’ and ‘Southeast Natuna Block’ since the 1970s.

"So, we intend to create clarity," Hava said.

Hava also mentioned that the name North Natuna Sea complies with the names of oil and gas blocks in the continental shelves of Indonesia. It also makes the border line with Singapore clearer.
The fourth reason is to emphasize Indonesia’s claim in the Malacca Strait by simplifying the border lines. This would facilitate the country in upholding the law on its sea. (mag)

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