Joint Declaration of Foreign Ministers and Chiefs of Defence Forces of Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines


Joint Declaration

Foreign Ministers and Chiefs of Defence Forces of


On Immediate Measures to Address Security Issues in the Maritime Areas of Common Concern among Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines

Yogyakarta, 5 May 2016

  1. The Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Retno L.P. Marsudi; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, H.E. Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman; and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines, H.E. Jose Rene D. Almendras; the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Indonesia, General Gatot Nurmantyo; the Chief of Defence Force of Malaysia, General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri (Dr) Zulkifeli bin Mohd. Zin; and the Flag-Officer-in-Command, Vice Admiral Caesar C. Taccad AFP representing the Acting Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, met in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on the 5th May of 2016, to discuss immediate regional maritime and security challenges affecting the three countries.

  1. They underscored the importance of the longstanding bond of friendship and strong political, economic, social, security and defence ties that have developed through many years of fruitful and mutually beneficial cooperation among the three countries bilaterally and through ASEAN;

  1. They reaffirmed their mutual respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, national unity of each other, and the importance of the principles of good neighbourliness and non-interference in the internal affairs of one another, consistent with the fundamental principles of the Charters of the United Nations and ASEAN;

  1. They further reaffirmed their full commitment to the promotion of peace, stability and security in the region to ensure circumstances conducive to sustainable economic growth and development and prosperity in the three countries as well as in ASEAN and the realization of its Vision 2025;

  1. They recognized the growing security challenges, such as those arising from armed robbery against ships, kidnapping, transnational crimes, and terrorism in the region, particularly in reference to the maritime areas of common concern of the three countries.

  1. They deplored the abduction of innocent civilians by armed groups in the vicinity of the maritime areas of common concern of the three countries that have included the nationals of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. In this context, they underscored the importance of protecting the lives, well-being, and rights of their nationals in accordance with international laws, and respective domestic laws and regulations.

  1. They expressed concerns that these security challenges also undermine the confidence in trade and commerce, particularly the movement of commercial shipping, goods, and people, in the maritime areas of common concern of the three countries, which in turn can adversely affect the economic activities and welfare of peoples in the surrounding areas.

  1. In light of these developments and security challenges, they reaffirmed the continued efforts in enhancing existing cooperation, such as the Agreement on Information Exchange and Establishment of Communication Procedures between the Governments of the Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Republic of the Philippines, by strengthening mutual cooperation and collaboration among the militaries to address the growing non-traditional security challenges in the region.

  1. In this regard, they agreed to implement the following measures:

  1. To conduct patrol among the three countries using existing mechanisms as a modality;

  1. To render immediate assistance for the safety of people and ships in distress within the maritime areas of common concern;

  1. To establish a national focal point among the three countries to facilitate timely sharing of information and intelligence as well as coordination in the event of emergency and security threats; and,

  1. To establish a hotline of communication among the three countries to better facilitate coordination during emergency situations and security threats.

  1. They instruct the relevant agencies of the three countries to meet as soon as possible and subsequently convene on a regular basis to implement and periodically review the above-mentioned measures and also to formulate the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).