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Joint Press Statement on the 5th Malaysia-Singapore Joint Technical Committee (MSJTC) Meeting on the Implementation of the ICJ Judgment on Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge, 29-30 November 2010

02 Dec 2010

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT
BY H.E. DATO' SRI ANIFAH AMAN, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, MALAYSIA 
AND H.E. GEORGE YEO, MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, 
REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE

FIFTH MEETING OF THE MALAYSIA-SINGAPORE JOINT TECHNICAL COMMITTEE (MSJTC) ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE JUDGMENT ON PEDRA BRANCA, MIDDLE ROCKS AND SOUTH LEDGE

SINGAPORE

29-30 NOVEMBER 2010

Malaysia and Singapore met on 29-30 November 2010 in Singapore to further discuss the implementation of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Judgment on Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge. The Malaysian delegation was led by Datuk Mohd Radzi Bin Abdul Rahman, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia and the Singapore delegation was led by Mr Bilahari Kausikan, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore.

Both sides reiterated their commitment to honour and abide by the ICJ's judgment and fully implement its decision by continuing the discussions following from the Fourth MSJTC Meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 26-27 July 2010.

At the meeting, the heads of the two delegations signed the "Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Malaysia and the Government of the Republic of Singapore with regard to the Joint Hydrographic Survey in and around Pedra Branca and Middle Rocks". The MSJTC also reviewed the work of the Sub-Committee on Joint Survey Works and agreed that the Sub-Committee should work towards commencing the Joint Hydrographic Survey as soon as practicable. 

Both sides were pleased with the progress made by the Joint Technical Committee and agreed that the next meeting be held in Malaysia after the Joint Hydrographic Survey to endorse the findings of the Survey.

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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS MALAYSIA
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE
2 DECEMBER 2010