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MALAYSIA CONTINUES FURTHER DISCUSSIONS WITH SINGAPORE
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today called the Singaporean High Commissioner to discuss the latest development arising from the Declaration of Alteration of Port Limits for Johore Bahru Port published on 25 October 2018 and the Singapore Port Marine Circular No. 9 of 2018 dated 6 December 2018.
During the discussion, the Ministry welcomed Singapore’s continued emphasis on the importance of dialogue, and its willingness to engage with Malaysia in resolving matters amicably, along with its consideration of Malaysia’s proposed agenda for the bilateral discussion. Malaysia is also agreeable to Singapore’s counter-proposed dates in January 2019.
The Ministry referred to Singapore’s Diplomatic Note of 8 December 2018, in which Singapore declined Malaysia’s proposal for both countries to mutually cease and desist sending assets into the disputed area effective 0000 hrs on 8 December 2018 with a view of promoting de-escalation of tensions on the ground, pending discussions on outstanding maritime boundary issues. Singapore also called upon Malaysia to return to the status quo prior to 25 October 2018 by immediately withdrawing all Malaysian Government vessels in the area. Both countries acknowledge that any measures taken, would be without prejudice to their own claims.
While the Government of Malaysia is unable to accede to Singapore’s counter-proposal, Malaysia will take all effective measures to de-escalate the situation on the ground, reaffirming its position to handle the situation in a calm and peaceful manner.
In the meantime, Malaysia reiterates the importance of strong bilateral relations between the two countries, and hope that discussions will commence expeditiously.
10 December 2018