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Joint Press Statement by Leaders on the Occasion of the Working Visit of YAB Dato' Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia, to Brunei Darussalam on 15-16 March 2009
2009-03-17

 

 

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT BY LEADERS ON THE OCCASION OF THE WORKING VISIT OF YAB DATO' SERI ABDULLAH HAJI AHMAD BADAWI, PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA TO BRUNEI DARUSSALAM ON 15-16 MARCH 2009

 

  1. Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia, made a Working Visit to Brunei Darussalam on 15 - 16 March 2009 at the invitation of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
     

  2. Both leaders held a four-eyed meeting at Istana Nurul Iman on 16 March 2009. The two leaders also signed an Exchange of Letters to mark the successful conclusion of negotiations which had been ongoing for many years on outstanding bilateral issues between the two countries, having regard to historical, legal and other relevant criteria acceptable to both sides.
     

  3. Both Leaders noted the agreement of their respective Governments on the key elements contained in the Exchange of Letters, which included the final delimitation of maritime boundaries between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia, the establishment of Commercial Arrangement Area (CAA) in oil and gas, the modalities for the final demarcation of the land boundary between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia and unsuspendable rights of maritime access for nationals and residents of Malaysia across Brunei's maritime zones en route to and from their destination in Sarawak, Malaysia provided that Brunei's laws and regulations are observed.
     

  4. The solution of the maritime delimitation issue ensures certainty with regard to the delimitation of the territorial seas, the continental shelf and the Exclusive Economic Zone of both countries. The two countries would be able to enforce their rules and regulations and embark on new developments in their respective maritime zones.
     

  5. The demarcation of the land boundaries between the two countries will be resolved on the basis of five (5) existing historical agreements between the Government of Brunei and the Government of Sarawak, and, as appropriate, the watershed principle. Hereafter, all issues pertaining to land boundaries of the two states shall be accordingly resolved.
     

  6. The Exchange of Letters marked a historic and momentous occasion for Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia. It reflected the two countries' ability to reach a comprehensive, fair and equitable package solution in the larger interest of Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia.
     

  7. Both Leaders instructed relevant officials/representatives of Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia to expeditiously follow-up and monitor the full implementation of the provisions contained in the Exchange of Letters.
     

  8. Both Leaders believe that the above-mentioned signing and exchange of letters will pave the way for the development of strategic partnership and closer collaboration between the two countries in all fields, especially trade and investment, energy and hydrocarbon resources, tourism, education, agriculture, infrastructure, banking, halal industry and people-to-people contacts with special focus on the Malaysian States of Sabah and Sarawak. The Leaders also believe that brotherly relations between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia will contribute to the promotion of peace and prosperity in the region.

                                                                                                         Bandar Seri Begawan
                                                                                                                   16 March 2009

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