Indonesia to build two naval bases in East Nusa Tenggara

Source: Kompas Cyber Media website, Jakarta, in Indonesian 17 Mar 08

Text of report by Indonesian newspaper Kompas Cyber Media website ( http://www.kompas.com ) on 17 March

[Unattributed report: “TNI-AL To Build Base At East Nusa Tenggara”]

TNI [Indonesian National Military Forces]-AL will add an operational base at the region of East Nusa Tenggara islands to mantain the security at the sea from external distubances and to watch over any actions of illegal fishing carried out by disobedient fishermen.

Such was said by the Chairman of DPRD (Provincial Legislative Council) of East Nusa Tenggara, Dr Melkianus Adoe, after receiving the courtesy call by DANLANTAMAL VII/Kupang FADM Syaiful, at his work place on 17 Mar.

Adoe said that during the meeting, DANLANTAMAL voiced the intent of the TNI-AL to build its base at Labuanbajo, the western part of Pulau Flores, sharing a contiguous border with the Sape Strait, and at the eatsern part of Pulau Sumba to mantain the security at the two outer islands in that region.

Pulau Mangudu and Pulau Salura, at the region of the eastern part of Pulau Sumba, is managed by the tourism businessman from Australia. However, such efforts were discontinued since the TNI-AD stationed her troops at the island after an issue was raised that the island was slowly creeping its way into the hands of Australia, a similar situation to the Sipidan and Ligitan issue.

Although Pulau Mangudu has already been established as a “homestay” by that Australian businessman, the island is now made used of by the TNI troops assigned to that island. Besides Labuanbajo and Sumba, there were also plans to build a TNI-AL base in the Boking region of South Central Timor (in East Nusa Tenggara) to monitor the activities at the Timor Sea and to prevent the possibility of any illegal activites at that oil-rich region.

Adoe added that LANTAMAL VII/Kupang was also planning to build a base at Pulau Rote to restrict the movements of Indonesian fishermen who love to fish at the waters surrounding Pulau Pasir at the Australaian territorial region.

“We can only hope that the presence of a TNI-AL base in the East Nusa tenggara region will bring security for our fishermen to carry out their efforts at sea and to prevent the occurence of illegal fishing,” he said.

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