Eyes of the Fleet

Eyes of the Fleet

Friday, July 29, 2005

Malacca Littoral States Willing to Listen -but Sovereignity Reigns

Reported here:
The three littoral states responsible for security in the Straits of Melaka are open to the views of other interested countries, so long as the issue of sovereignty is clearly understood, Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said Friday.

He said a number of states, including those that participated in the Asean Regional Forum (ARF) here, had offered to work with the littoral states of Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, yet respecting their maritime responsibility and sovereignty.

"We are quite willing to co-operate, we are quite willing to have confidence building measures and inter-session discussions.

"(But) of course, the primary responsibility based on international law is on the littoral states and they are also responsible to ensure safety of navigation in that area," he told Malaysian newsmen on the sidelines of the 12th ARF here.

More on some forms of cooperation here.

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