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Jakarta (VNA) – The Indonesian Fishermen Association in North Sumatra has urged the Government to demarcate the border or establish border markers with Malaysia to prevent border incursions by Indonesian fishermen.

Fishermen in North Sumatra have been trapped and trespassed into the waters of the neighbouring country, as they are unaware of the border, Nazli of the HNSI Medan stated on November 19.

He remarked that the fishermen, who were often arrested, came from the Langkat area, Deli Serding, Serdang Bedagai, and Tanjung Balai in search of fish in the waters of Malacca Strait.

In addition, their fishing boats were not equipped with a radar to locate the border markers between Indonesia and Malaysia.

He stressed the need for the Government to offer a solution to the problems faced by North Sumatran fishermen to prevent repeated arrests by the Malaysian maritime authorities.

The Government should also provide legal protection for fishermen, he added.-VNA