Sipadan and Ligitan, the two islands at the centre of the dispute, are mere specks in the Sulawesi Sea
. Sitting atop a steep extinct volcanic seamount and occupying 12 hectares, (3) Sipadan lies about 14 miles south of "mainland" Sabah and 42 miles east of the island of Sebatik, which is divided between Malaysia and Indonesia by the 4[degrees] 10' North parallel as agreed by the United Kingdom and the Netherlands in a treaty signed in 1891.
Although Sabah towns such as Semporna, Tawau and Lahad Datu and the Sulawesi Sea
are notorious for piracy attacks, this is the first time a major incident has happened in Sipadan.
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Malaysia on Thursday urged Indonesia to resolve through diplomatic means the escalating dispute over territorial rights in the Sulawesi Sea
sparked after Malaysia awarded oil exploration rights in the area.
Shrimp is feared to be depleted in the not too long in the sea off densely populated areas such as in the Seram Sea, Sulawesi Sea
, the Pacific Ocean, Makassar strait, Flores Sea, Banda Sea and the Indian Ocean because of over-fishing especially in shrimp fishing.
There are those who are also manufacturing drugs and who keep on using Sulu and Sulawesi Sea
. You know how different it is to go after these elements, most especially in that part of the region,' he said.
But Susilo and his Malaysian counterpart, PM Abdullah Badawi, intervened directly and agreed to work on resolving the dispute over oil-rich parts of the Sulawesi Sea
by diplomatic means.
Then in March 2005 came the conflict with Malaysia over petroleum-rich offshore areas at the Sulawesi Sea
, which the leaders of the two neighbouring states later agreed to resolve by diplomatic means.
Indonesia sent three navy ships to the Sulawesi Sea
with two more reported to be en route there and two Nomad spy planes to patrol the area.
Overfishing has been happening to prawns nearly all areas except in the Seram Sea, the Sulawesi Sea
, the Pacific Ocean, and the Indonesian Ocean.
'Sula's Voyage' is a beguiling read about 15-year-old Sula (named for the Sulawesi Sea
) who finds it hard to fit in because of her dark skin.
But Susilo and his Malaysian counterpart, Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, intervened directly and agreed to work on resolving the dispute over oil-rich parts of the Sulawesi Sea
by diplomatic means.
Reports of Malaysian aircraft and ships intruding the air space and waters off Indonesia have prompted the Indonesian Air Force to patrol the waters over the Sulawesi Sea
where the two states are disputing the boundary lines.