Indonesia willing to play a role in solving maritime disputes

Newly elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo said his government is willing to play a role to resolve the disputes in the South China Sea. This is amid China’s firm position that it owns virtually the entire South China Sea including West Philippine Sea.

“Solutions through diplomacy are desirable. If necessary, Indonesia is prepared to serve as an intermediary,” Widodo told The Asahi Shimbun exclusively. He added that solving disputes using military power is unacceptable.

Last May this year, Philippines and Indonesia resolved a maritime dispute which was lauded by the international community.

During the signing of agreement President Aquino said, “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.” The said dispute resolution was based on UNCLOS.

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