Polemic of Flight Information Region between RI and Singapore

Fajar Nugraha    •    Jumat, 27 Nov 2015 15:59 WIB
wilayah informasi penerbangan/fir
Polemic of Flight Information Region between RI and Singapore
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Metrotvnews.com, Jakarta: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore denied that their party agrees to give the Flight Information Region (FIR) to Indonesia.
Previously, the news of Coordinating Minister of Politics, Legal and Security Luhut Binsar Panjaitan receiving the agreement of Singapore to give the FIR within Indonesian territory to Indonesian government arose. The agreement was said to be coming from the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Teo Chee Hean.
"DPM Teo does not agree with the surrender of FIR to Indonesia. The issue of FIR arose during the meeting of Minister Luhut with Teo, in November 23, 2015. The Deputy Prime Minister Teo would not agree on the huge issue through an informal short discussion in a dinner," stated the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, in a written statement received by Metrotvnews.com, Thursday (11/26/2015).
Meanwhile, according to the Spokesperson of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, Arrmanatha Nasir, the handout process has been discussed by the president.
"That Indonesia has to take over the management of FIR within its territory, should go through the process such as capacity strengthening, technology. It is being conducted by Indonesia," mentioned Arrmanatha at the Foreign Ministry Office, Jakarta. 
"President gave a target, if I'm not mistaken in 2019 (preparation process) should be completed. The process is ongoing, in the discussion process, the indication is that the handover will not be executed before Indonesia is prepared. The agreement is to be conducted when Indonesia is ready," he continued.
Singapore also mentioned that the government of both countries have agreed that FIR issue is not about sovereignty. It is based on the operational considerations to provide an effective air traffic services, with the main focus on the safety of the flight.
In his statement, the Deputy Prime Minister Teo elaborated that FIR is a complex operational and technical issue based on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The FIR operation also involves many countries and airlines crossing busy airspace within the range of FIR. FJR.



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