Opinion in the Jakarta Post, Thu, 07/17/2008 10:10 AM
On June 16, 2008, Indonesia made a submission to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) regarding its claim to continental shelf rights beyond 200 nautical miles of its coast.
This was done in accordance with Article 76 of the UN Conventions on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). As part of the submission, a coastal state has to delineate the outer limits of its continental shelf.
The above process is commonly recognized as an “extending maritime claim”. However, Indonesia is not extending its maritime area, but confirming its limits beyond 200 miles.