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Yudhoyono issued the statement shortly after the signing of the agreement on delimitation of maritime boundaries.
After two decades of negotiations, the Philippines and Indonesia finally signed on the agreement regarding the delimitation of their overlapping exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the Mindanao Sea, Celebes Sea and the Philippine Sea.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III described this as a milestone agreement that is founded on the principles of international law, particularly the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
“It serves as solid proof to our steadfast commitment to uphold the rule of law and pursue the peaceful and equitable settlement of maritime concerns,” Aquino said.
Yudhoyono said such agreement is a good example that any disputes, including maritime border tension, can be resolved peacefully.
”For example, we may cooperate in maritime and fisheries, cooperation in (combating) the transnational crime and cooperation in eco-tourism and other areas in which I know will bring great benefit for Indonesia and the Philippines,” he said.
The agreement was signed in Malacanang by President Aquino and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who is in Manila for a two-day state visit until Friday and attendance to the ongoing World Economic Forum on East Asia.
Apart from the agreement on the delimitation of the EEZ boundary, the two leaders also signed Memoranda of Understanding on higher education cooperation and on combating international terrorism.