Metrotvnews.com, Jakarta: Indonesia believes Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) is important instrument to maintain stability in the South China Sea.
Indonesia also sees the need to establish a hotline communication in the South China Sea.
"Hotline communication is the easiest way to prevent conflict," said deputy of maritime sovereignty at the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs Arif Havas Oegroseno, here, Monday (8/22/2016).
Havas admitted CUES has several limitations. For example. CUES is only intended by Navies. It doesn't regulate coast guards.
"If an encounter occurs between a navy and a coast guard, what do we do?" he stated.
The senior diplomat explained South China Sea issue is not easy to be resolved. Many countries have claims in the region.
"Territorial dispute usually occurs between two countries. They usually only contest two or three islands. In this issue, we have six countries and hundreds of islands," he concluded.