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The State’s Geopolitics versus the Local’s Concern, a Case Study on the Land Border between Indonesia and Timor-Leste in West Sector

  • Sri Handoyo
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6782)

Abstract

One of geopolitics realizations is the establishment of international borders between countries. Indonesia has international land borders with 3 countries, including the land border with Timor-Leste.

Establishment of the international border between Indonesia and Timor-Leste was a joint mandate of the two Governments, these are the Republic of Indonesia (RI) and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (RDTL) based on the Treaty 1904 and the Arbitrary Awards 1914. Joint border surveys have been in progress achieving 96% of the total length of the border lines. During the surveys there were problematic situations occurred.

A government’s geopolitics is not always fortunate to immediately match with the local’s concern on the land border line establishment. This is particularly happening at a certain land border line segment between Indonesia and Timor-Leste in West Sector. This paper does not describe which side is right or wrong, instead, a soft approach of solution is underlined.

Keywords

geopolitics international land border border line Indonesia Timor-Leste Treaty 1904 Arbitrary Awards 1914 delineation survey demarcation survey 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sri Handoyo
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  1. 1.National Coordinating Agency for Surveys and Mapping of Indonesia (BAKOSURTANAL)Indonesia

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