Indonesia, Timor-Leste Finalize Agreement on Land Borders
Indonesia and Timor-Leste have agreed to solve two unresolved segments in border areas separating the two countries, namely Noel Besi-Citrana border and Bijael Sunan-Oben border.
In addition, both countries have also agreed on related technical arrangements in terms of two border points Haumeniana-Passabe and Motaain-Batugede.
The agreement is stipulated on a document signed by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto and Chairperson of Border Negotiations of Timor-Leste Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao in Jakarta, Monday (22/7).
According to Wiranto, the signing of the agreement marked the completion of land bounder negotiations between the two countries, adding that Indonesia and Timor-Leste will continue to resolve the maritime border negotiations.
The agreement, he added, will be finalized by Senior Officials Consultation to be stipulated in the addendum Number 2 of 2005 on Border Agreement and it will later be stipulated in a comprehensive agreement between Indonesia and Timor-Leste.
“After the completion of the agreement between Indonesia and Timor-Leste, we will begin discussion about maritime borders between the two countries,” Wiranto said.
In the meantime, Xanana expressed gratitude to the Indonesian Government for resolving the border issues. “I hope the completion of the year-long border negotiations will improve relations between two countries,” he said. (Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs /ES)
Translated by: Syarifah Aisyah
Edited by: Estu Widyamurti/M. Ersan Pamungkas