Problems with the Territorial Boundary of the Republic of Indonesia - Malaysia in Tanjung Datuk in the 1982 UNCLOS Perspective and the UN Charter

Amora Harris, Dohar Sianturi, Lukman Yudho Prakoso


The land border between Indonesia and Malaysia has a length of ± 2,004 km stretching from Tanjung Datu in the west to the east coast of Sebatik Island in the east.  the joint demarcation of the two countries began in 1973, where up to 2009 there were 19,328 border monuments with coordinates. The delimitation of the RI-Malaysia land boundary, which is mostly in the form of watersheds (mountain ridges or hills, or water dividing lines) has been completed, but demarcation still leaves 9 outstanding boundary problems. Overall, of the 9 OBPs, it appears that 7 OBPs are problems that "harm" the Malaysian side, while 2 problems are detrimental to Indonesia. One of the problems in Tanjung Datu started with the measurement and confirmation of international boundaries that were carried out in 1975 and 1976. The problem is that the measurement technique is inappropriate. This scientific work is expected to provide strategic recommendations in dealing with problems in the Tanjung Datu.  This  study  uses  a  scientific  approach  with  qualitative descriptive methods and uses UNCLOS and UN Charter as basis review. The results of this study a review of Tanjung Datu border conflict in UNCLOS and UN Charter Prespective. The conclusion of this study is There is a need for concrete agreement between Indonesia and Malaysia about Tanjung Datu because there so many fisherman than depends in this border.

Keywords: Territorial Boundary, UNCLOS Perspective and the UN Charter

DOI: 10.7176/PPAR/11-4-07

Publication date:May 31st 2021

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