Indonesia and Timor Leste agree to carry out a joint survey to solve a border dispute
(8 February 2016)
The governments of Indonesia and Timor Leste have agreed to conduct a joint survey of some border areas in East Nusa Tenggara Province, which are still considered as disputed territory by the two countries.
The research, which is to involve delegations from both Indonesia and Timor Leste, will also include traditional and community leaders who have been living in coexistence under the dispute. Paul Manehat, Head of the Border Management Agency of East Nusa Tenggara, noted that their views would be necessary to obtain the actual data related to the history of the area.
The results of the joint research will serve as groundwork for negotiations to determine the disputed boundary between the two countries.
Manehat stated that the research " is aimed at gaining the best result to solve the border issue, which has been a cause of rising tensions between Indonesia and Timor Leste".