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The Establishment Of A Cooperative Mechanism For The Straits Of Malacca And Singapore Under Article 43 Of The United Nations Convention On The Law Of The Sea

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In September 2007, after three years of discussions and negotiations, the three littoral States bordering the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore) formally launched a cooperative mechanism that is designed to enable user States and other stakeholders to cooperate with the littoral States in enhancing navigational safety and environmental protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. The cooperative mechanism is intended to implement Article 43 of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOS Convention) which provides that user States and States bordering a strait should by agreement cooperate with respect to navigational safety and environmental protection. This is the first time that Article 43 has been implemented for a strait used for international navigation. This chapter traces the development of this cooperative mechanism and evaluates its significance.

Keywords: cooperative mechanism; international navigation; LOS Convention; Straits of Malacca and Singapore



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