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March 23, 2009

Indonesia, Australia sign maritime MoU

Indonesia and Australia have signed a memorandum of understanding on maritime and fishery issues, covering four main sub-areas of illegal fishing handling, fishery management, partnership and bilateral cooperation and the MoU Box, reported Vietnam News Agency.   

The document was signed on March 20 by Suseno Sukoyono, an expert staff of the Indonesian minister of fishery and marine resources, and Craig Burns, executive manager of the Australian department of agriculture, fishery and forestry, said Antara news agency.

The term MOU Box, used since 1974, refers to a sea area located south of a group of isles around Dana and Rote islands in the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara that borders with Australia’s sea territory.   

"This was a big leap forward in our relations with Australia with regard to the handling of the two countries` maritime problems. We have now been, according to my term, "in one frequency", Sukoyono was quoted as saying.   

Craig Burns meanwhile said that "progress over supply management and extension of assistence with regard to implementing the agreement has been made.

As an example he said based on the MOU Box management of traditional fishing would be done only after joint research.   

In term of traditional fishing, he said Australia was willing to give its understanding.

"Therefore, this agreement and understanding are very important. The road map for implementing the agreement will be made soon such on joint research of supply of fish and marine resources in the sea. Monitoring will also be done jointly," he said.
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