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Research Paper
Published online: May 30, 2017

Today's Ambalat: Neglecting the Basepoints of Sipadan and Ligitan Islands for Maintaining the Equidistance Principle in the Disputed Area

M. Hendrapati et al.
Hasanuddin University Faculty of Law, Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan Km.10 Makassar, 90245, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia.
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The "Sipadan and Ligitan" dispute was settled by the ICJ (2002), but its impact on basepoint for baseline and maritime delimitation on the Ambalat remains a contentious issue until now. Since the islands are used as basepoints by Malaysia that results in controversy between Indonesia and Malaysia. This essay will investigate the current situation over Ambalat regarding two basepoints islands for maintaining Equidistance Line in Disputed Area. It will discuss why Malaysia has no right to use the straight baseline or straight archipelagic baseline to connect the basepoints of Sipadan and Ligitan at Sabah and suggest measures to maintain equidistance line in Ambalat.

Keywords : Neglecting, Basepoint, Straight Archipelagic Baseline, Ambalat, Maritime Delimitation, Separate Opinion

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