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Agreement on Continental Shelf Boundary

August 08, 1974



The Government of the Republic of INDIA and The Government of the Republic of INDONESIA,

DESIROUS to strengthen the existing historical bonds of friendship between the two countries, and

DESIRING to establish the continental shelf boundary between the two countries,

HAVE AGREED as follows :

Article I

  • The boundary of the Indian and the Indonesian Continental Shelf in the area between Great Nicobar (India) and Sumatra (Indonesia) is the straight lines connecting Points 1 and 2, 2 and 3, and 3 and 4.
    The coordinates of these points are specified below:
    Point 1 : 06° 38'.5 N, 94° 38'.0 E
    Point 2 : 06° 30'.0 N, 94° 32'.4 E
    Point 3 : 06° 16'.2 N, 94° 24'.2 E
    Point 4 : 06° 100'.0 N, 94° 10'.3 E
  • The coordinates of the Points specified in clause (1) are geographical coordinates and the straight lines connecting them are indicated on the chart attached as Annexure ‘A' to this Agreement.
  • The actual location of the above-mentioned Points at sea shall be determined by a method to be mutually agreed upon by the competent authorities of the two Governments.
  • For the purpose of clause (3), "competent authorities” in relation to Republic of India means the Chief Hydrographer to the Government of India and includes any person authorised by him, and in relation to the Republic of Indonesia means the Director Badan Koordinasi Survey dan Pametaan National (Director of Coordinating Body for National Survey and Mapping) and includes any person authorised by him.

Article II
Each Government hereby undertakes to ensure that all the necessary steps shall be taken at the domestic level to comply with the terms of this Agreement.

Article III
If any single geological petroleum or natural gas structure or field, or other mineral deposit of whatever character, extends across the boundary line referred to in Article I, the two Governments shall communicate to each other all information in this regard and shall seek to reach agreement as to the manner in which the structure, field or deposit will be most effectively exploited and the benefits arising from such exploitation will be equitably shared.

Article IV
Any dispute between the two Governments relating to the interpretation or implementation of this agreement shall be settled peacefully by consultation or negotiation.

Article V
This Agreement shall be ratified in accordance with the constitutional requirements of each country. It shall enter into force on the date of the exchange of the Instruments of Ratification which will take place at Delhi as soon as possible.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the undersigned, being duly authorised thereof by their respective Governments, have signed this Agreement.

DONE IN DUPLICATE at Jakarta on the eighth day of August 1974, in Hindi, Indonesian and English languages. In the event of any conflict between the texts, the English text shall prevail.

Sd /-
For the Government of the Republic of India
Sd /-
For the Government of the Republic of Indonesia

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