Nations propose clamp down.
The many challenges of fighting pirates through joint patrols
By Christian Guntur Lebang, Muhamad Arif
Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines are contemplating conducting joint maritime patrols.
In the wake of a series of armed piracy incidents and kidnappings by gunmen believed to have ties to the southern Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf terrorist group, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines are contemplating conducting joint maritime patrols in the increasingly piracy-prone waters of northeast Kalimantan.
At the time of writing, 14 Indonesian and four Malaysian seamen remain held hostage. Joint patrols by littoral states are indeed a prospective and necessary solution to combat piracy and other transnational maritime security challenges in the sea off Kalimantan.
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