Posted by: Andi Arsana | December 19, 2005

Tension builds over Ashmore Reef: Is it Indonesia’s or Australia’s?

– Opinion and Editorial, December 19, 2005
I Made Andi Arsana

Ashmore reef (a.k.a. Pulau Pasir) is currently being disputed by Indonesia and Australia.

If we talk about an island/reef/islet, we are talking about sovereignty. In dealing with sovereignty we do not consider distance.

If we talk about a state authority in the sea territory, we are dealing with sovereign rights, not sovereignty. Distance becomes the key issue as it depends on the distance measured from the baseline, commonly the coastline depicting the low water line. With regards to this, it is true that we need to consider maritime zones and boundary issues. Read more…


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