Jakarta: Indonesian Navy ships remain on guard in Natuna waters, Riau Islands to ensured coast guard vessels and fishing boats from China do not operate in Indonesia's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) area.
"Yes, they are there, they are there to stay. It is possible for the time being, so there is a joint effort to oversee this matter," said presidential spokesman Fadjroel Rahman at the Jakarta Presidential Palace Complex on Monday, January 13, 2020.
The presence of the Navy's warships is also to support law enforcement in Indonesia’s EEZ region. The government is also increasing sea patrols by involving the Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
Deputy V of President’s Office Jaleswari Pramodhwardani admitted the problem between Indonesia and China in the Natuna region is difficult to be resolved in the near future. The two countries have different views regarding the region.
"Because we have clearly different indicators or measurements. We have been approved by United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 82 and we know that China’s claims were rejected," Jaleswari said.
Chinese coast guard vessels and Chinese fishing boats recently entered and operated within Indonesia’s EEZ region. The foreign ships catched fish in waters about 130 miles from Ranai, Natuna.
The Navy has deployed eight Republic of Indonesia (KRI) ships to patrol and safeguard Natuna's waters.