RI may conduct explorations in Aceh Besar waters: ministry

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Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Indonesia expects to win the internationally-sanctioned right to explore and exploit natural resources in the continental shelf beyond the 200-mile limit off the coast of Aceh Besar district, a report from New York said.

Arif Havas Oegroseno, Indonesia`s representative at the meetings of the State Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (SPLOS), said in an electronic message to ANTARA on Monday ( Tuesday in Indonesia), Indonesia had made a submission to the Commission on the Limits of Continental Shelves (CLCS) in New York on its claim to areas beyond the 200-mile limit off the Aceh Besar coast.

Oegroseno, who is Director General for International Agreements and Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said he was no optimistic the CLCS would approve Indonesia`s submission next August.

Recently elected as president of the meetings of SPLOS, Oegroseno said at least 50 countries had filed submissions to the CLCS.

He said that if the capacity of CLCS members who totaled 21 only and worked for three sub-commissions, was seen, it was predicted that the submissions filed by the 50 countries would be completed only after 2031.

According to Havas, many countries had expressed objections to the prediction because they all wanted to explore and exploit resources in their continental shelves beyond the 200-mile limit soon.

” Research conducted in a number of cases had shown that the continental shelves sit on diamond deposits,” he said.

At the 20th SPLOS meeting led by Harvas at the UN headquarters on June 14-18, CLCS made an exception by speeding up the processing of submissions from Indonesia and a number of other countries.

The processing of Indonesia`s submission was to be sped up because Indonesia was viewed to have completed its seismic surveys and provided the latest data to the CLCS.

“There is now hope , our submission can be finalized in August,” he added.

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