Indonesia to settle Malaysia border dispute diplomatically: minister

15:33, April 14, 2011      

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Indonesia's Minister for Maritime and Fisheries Fadel Muhammad on Thursday said that the country will settle sea border dispute with Malaysia in diplomatic ways.

The minister also said that the issue must be included in meetings between President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in their next meeting schedule.

"On Tuesday, I spoke to Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and he said that we have to cool down and we need to settle the dispute in diplomatic ways. I agree but we have to take action immediately to settle the dispute," said Muhammad.

He also said that his ministry has urged the Foreign Ministry to accelerate the discussion of sea border issue to avoid repetition of trespassings.

The minister's comment followed the arrest of Malaysian ships in the Indonesian territory a few days ago.

He also said that some of the ships were sent back to Malaysia and others are still in Indonesia for investigation.

Source: Xinhua
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