Boats caught fishing illegally in Timor-Leste to be destroyed

31 August 2015

Timor-Leste (East Timor) plans to destroy boats caught fishing illegally and to cooperate with Indonesia on control of Timorese waters, said Economic Affairs Coordinator and Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Estanislau da Silva on Saturday during a visit to Jakarta.

“We have internal consensus on the matter. We can do it and we will do it,” da Silva said, after signing with Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti a memorandum of understanding to enhance fisheries cooperation between the two countries, especially the fight against illegal fishing.

Lusa news agency also reported that Timor-Leste’s Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo and Indonesian President Joko Widodo have decided to resolve land border disputes by the end of 2015 and to begin examining maritime border issues.

The two leaders agreed to “speed up efforts to determine the two land border segments to be resolved in Noel Besi/Cintrana and Bijael Sunan/Oben,” indicates the joint statement released at the end of their meeting.

Regarding maritime borders, they intend to “begin talks before or during the next meeting of the Joint Border Commission (JBC) in 2015,” the text continues.

The statement highlights Indonesian business investment in the banking sector and infrastructures and urges that more priority should be given to energy and telecommunications in Southeast Asia’s youngest country.

Timor-Leste’s government head indicated there were 24 public enterprises and about 400 private companies from Indonesia operating in his half-island country, where nearly 700 Indonesians reside, while about 400 students from Timor-Leste are currently in Indonesia. (Macauhub/TL)

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