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Philippines, Indonesia reach pact on sea dispute

Philippines says it has reached agreement with Indonesia on sea border dispute

Philippines, Indonesia reach pact on sea dispute

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines says it has reached an agreement with Indonesia on a sea border dispute after 20 years of negotiations, and hopes to sign the pact soon.

The Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila said Monday that the Southeast Asian neighbors concluded their talks over the weekend in Jakarta, Indonesia, with a draft accord and a chart showing the agreed boundary of their overlapping exclusive economic zones. Negotiators endorsed the accord for signing by the two countries' top diplomats "at the soonest possible time."

The agreement is welcome news in a region that has been buffeted by long-seething territorial rifts in another body of water, the busy South China Sea, involving China, Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.


Updated : 2021-02-27 02:58 GMT+08:00