(English version) Agreement between the Vietnam and Indonesia concerning the Delimitation of the Continental Shelf Boundary on 26 June 2003

Country: Indonesia, Vietnam

Sea: South China Sea

Scope: Bilateral

Document Language: English

Summary

This legal document contains the English version of the Agreement between the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia concerning the Delimitation of the Continental Shelf Boundary signed by both contracting parties in 2003. The delimitation line of the continental shelf is comprised of straight lines connected by four points, which were mutually agreed upon by both contracting parties. This Agreement facilitates both parties in forming principles for joint exploitation of petroleum, natural gas, and mineral deposits that extend across the delimitation line of the continental shelves.

However, this agreement does not effectively set forth trust. confidence and a premise for both sides to form a treaty/agreement of delimitation of their exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Article 2 clarifies that “[t]his Agreement shall not in any way affect any future agreement which may be entered into between the Contracting Parties relating to the delimitation of the exclusive economic zone boundary.” Currently, Vietnam prefers the same boundary for both EEZ and the continental shelf while Indonesia proposes the equidistant method for delimiting the EEZ separately from that of the continental shelf.

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