Agreement between the government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Republic of Indonesia concerning the delimitation of the continental shelf boundary (Report no.5-27)
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The continental shelf boundary established by the 2003 Indonesia-Vietnam Agreement is framed by the two distinct sections of the boundary established by the 1969 Indonesia and Malaysia continental shelf Agreement (Report Number 5-9(1) in volume I of this work). The 1969 accord established maritime boundaries for the continental shelf to the east and west of Indonesia’s Natuna Islands. To the west, the 1969 shelf boundary followed equidistance between peninsular Malaysia and Indonesia’s Anambas and Natuna Islands. To the east, the 1969 boundary extends northward from the coast of Borneo (Kalimantan) and does not follow equidistance throughout, with the boundary being more favourable to Malaysia between the Malaysia state of Sarawak and the Natuna Islands. The 2003 Indonesia-Vietnam Agreement creates a continental shelf boundary, just over 250 n.m. in length, which essentially links the northern end points of the two boundary sections of the 1969 Indonesia-Malaysia Agreement and completes the delimitation of continental shelf boundaries in the area around the Natuna Islands.
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