“It serves as solid proof to our steadfast commitment to uphold the rule of law and pursue the peaceful and equitable settlement of maritime concerns,” President Benigno Aquino III said during a jointbpress conference with Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Agreement between the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Indonesia Concerning the Delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone Boundary, was signed in the presence of Aquino and Yudhoyono.
According to Aquino, resolution of the overlapping claims was based on UNCLOS. President Yudhoyono said resolution of South China Sea disputes must not use military force, rather, he called for the finishing of Code of Coduct in the South China Sea.
PNoy said that this monumental agreement with Indonesia is an evidence of Philippines’ commitment to solve disputes without the use of military force.
Friday, Philippine and Indonesia also signed memorandum of understanding on higher education cooperation and a memorandum of understanding on combating international terrorism.
These agreements reflect the strong resolve of both our nations to not only deepen our bilateral engagements, but also, and more importantly, enable our peoples to be true partners in achieving prosperity,” Aquino said.