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PRESS RELEASE : FIRST MALAYSIA-SINGAPORE COMMITTEE MEETING ON MARITIME BOUNDARY DELIMITATION

FIRST MALAYSIA-SINGAPORE COMMITTEE MEETING

ON MARITIME BOUNDARY DELIMITATION

 

The first Malaysia-Singapore Committee meeting on Maritime Boundary Delimitation was held in Singapore on 13 May 2019. Negotiations were led by Dato’ Sri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia; and Mr. Chee Wee Kiong, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore. The 19-member delegation included representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Attorney-General’s Chambers, National Security Council, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Transport, Department of Survey and Mapping, National Hydrography Centre, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and Marine Department of Malaysia.

 

The Committee agreed to establish a sub-committee to address the legal and technical aspects of delimitation. The sub-committee will be headed by the Director-General of the Department of Maritime Affairs of the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Director-General of the International Affairs Division of the Singapore Attorney-General’s Chambers.

 

In line with the recommendations of the Malaysia-Singapore Working Group, the Committee also agreed upon practical modalities for operational agencies to avoid untoward incidents on the ground.

 

Both Malaysia and Singapore are determined to resolve the maritime boundary issue and have agreed to the format of scheduled meetings to ensure continued progress on the matter.

 

With the commencement of this Committee for Boundary Delimitation, all the recommendations under the Working Group established on 8 January 2019 by the Foreign Ministers of Malaysia and Singapore have been successfully implemented.

 

PUTRAJAYA

15 May 2019