tirsdag 7. januar 2020

Indonesia Will Not Negotiate Natuna Sovereignty, President Says

Indonesia’s sovereignty over waters off the Natuna Islands cannot be negotiated, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said Monday, after local media reported that Chinese ships, which had entered Jakarta’s Exclusive Economic Zone in the South China Sea, were refusing to leave.

The Indonesian military was dispatching four ships to the region in addition to three warships and two aircraft deployed there last week, Vice Adm. Yudo Margono, chief of the Joint Regional Defense Command, said on Sunday. On Friday, dozens of Chinese fishing boats and a trio of Chinese coast guard ships had been spotted in Natuna area waters, according to an Indonesian news report. “On the Natuna issue, I think all statements [from Indonesian officials] so far have been good, that the sovereignty of our territory is non-negotiable,” Jokowi said during a cabinet meeting.