Speaker: I Made Andi Arsana, lecturer, Department of Geodesy and Geomatic Engineering, Gadjah Mada University
HILL: In 2004 and 2005 respectively, Indonesia and Malaysia awarded oil and gas exploration licences in the area of sea between Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province and Malaysia’s Sabah state. In the rush for energy resources, the two growing economies had, however, handed out licences for areas that overlapped. It prompted a military stand-off defused only by leaders Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Susilo Bambang Yudhuyono. They pledged to resolve the dispute peacefully through negotiations. I Made Andi Arsana, a maritime border specialist and lecturer at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, says in the three years since there has been a lot of talk but not much resolution.
ARSANA: Indonesia and Malaysia have been conducting years of negotiations – as far as I know it has been more than five times. It’s very intensive negotiations, at the very beginning they did it like every three months but then, you know, the frequency is getting lower.