MATARAM (Lombok): Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono hopes his fellow countrymen won’t overdo their protests as this can hurt the feelings of “a very good neighbour”.
He added, however, that protests were normal in Indonesia’s democratic society.
Malaysia and Indonesia, said Susilo, would always have problems due to their proximity but these problems should not hinder the strong bilateral relations between the two countries.
“I hope with our two governments solving more bilateral problems, both sides will not have negative perceptions of each other.
“We need to move forward with a new spirit,” he told a joint press conference with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak after their annual consultations here yesterday.
Susilo was asked what the Indonesian government was doing to stop protests at the Malaysian embassy in Jakarta over many issues.
The latest protests were held last week over allegations by an Indonesian parliamentarian that Malaysia has removed border stones at the Sarawak/West Kalimantan area.
Susilo said Indonesia viewed Malaysia as a strategic partner and the relationship was for long-term mutual benefits.
After the allegations by Indonesian politicians over the border issue, Indonesia has strongly defended Malaysia and shown proof that no border stones were moved.
The two leaders also agreed for continued commitment to work closely in resolving land demarcation and maritime boundary limitation through negotiations.
The leaders directed officials of both countries to continue negotiations on the maritime delimitations of territorial waters, continental shelves and the Exclusive Economic Zones in the Sulawesi Sea, the Malacca and Singapore Straits as well as the South China Sea in accordance with the principles of international law and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982.
Najib said he was encouraged with these positive developments and wanted a win-win solution accepted by the people of both countries.
Source : The Star