30 Apr '16, 11am

Indonesia moots naval joint patrols in Sulu Sea area

Indonesia moots naval joint patrols in Sulu Sea area

JAKARTA: The possibility of naval joint patrols will be on the agenda when Foreign Ministers of Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia meet in Jakarta on May 5. Indonesia mooted the idea after the recent spate of hijacking and kidnapping by pirates in the Sulu Sea. Joint patrols may reduce such incidents, according to maritime security experts. They, however, conceded that the countries involved will also need to consider their naval resources, which are already stretched. “If the government has agreed on patrols around Sulu Sea, then Indonesia needs more resources, needs more vessels, needs more funding. Philippine navy resources are very limited right now, their focus is on their claims on South China Sea instead of southern Philippines, Mindanao and Sulu islands,” said maritime security analyst Almak Helvas Ali. To overcome the gaps, analysts suggested that naval patrols c...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia...

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