END OF MONTARA OIL SPILL CASE IN SIGHT

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia has relentlessly been fighting for the best possible solution to the Montara oil spill case, which occurred Aug 21, 2009, following an explosion of the Montara wellhead in Australian waters of Timor Sea, Indoneia's Antara news agency reported.

Considered one of Australia's worst oil disasters, the oil spill had led to a decline in fish and seaweed harvests in the heavily polluted waters and affected the livelihoods of more than 13, 000 fishermen in the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara. But now the case will soon be settled.

West Timor Care Foundation Chairman Ferdi Tanoni remarked in East Nusa Tenggara provincial city of Kupang that he was optimistic that the legal case over the Montara oil spill will soon come to an end.

For eight years after the disaster, Tanoni has been struggling to seek justice for the people of East Nusa Tenggara, who were victims of the pollution.

Now, he was optimistic that the case will come to an end this year, Antara reported.

During a visit with a team to Perth, Western Australia, to meet Indonesian Consul General Ade Padmo Sarwono on Monday, the West Timor Care Foundation chairman stated that the case could be resolved immediately either through litigation or through diplomacy.

In the meantime, Sarwono lauded the steps taken by Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan to solve the case.

"The minister also agreed that the case can be resolved immediately, either through litigation or diplomacy, especially for the oil spill victims in East Nusa Tenggara," said the Indonesian consul general in Perth.-

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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