Indo can pursue pirates

Agreement forged in 1975 allows cross border pursuit under certain conditions

Indonesia ‘can pursue suspects on Philippine waters’

Gilbert P. Felongco, Correspondent

Manila: Philippine defence officials have said Indonesian forces can go after suspected Abu Sayyaf militants who took hostage seven Indonesian sailors on June 20.

However, Jakarta will need to coordinate with authorities in Manila for any operations.

Peter Paul Galvez, spokesperson for the Philippine Department of National Defence on Wednesday said an agreement signed by the two countries four decades ago allows Indonesian forces to pursue suspects inside Philippine territorial waters.

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