SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Thursday (Nov 26) that the recent CNN Indonesia report that quoted Indonesian Cabinet Ministers as saying Singapore had no objections to Indonesia's intention to manage the entire Indonesian airspace is inaccurate.
According to a statement from the MFA, the same publication also misreported that Singapore supported Indonesia's intention to take over the airspace in three to four years.
An MFA spokesman elaborated: "DPM Teo did not agree to the suggestion. The subject of the Flight Information Region (FIR) came up during the dinner hosted by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan on Nov 23."
"DPM Teo did not, and could not have agreed on such a major issue over a brief informal discussion during dinner", he added.
The ministry clarified that the administration of the FIR is not an issue of sovereignty, but is based on considerations for effective air traffic control services, and an emphasis on aviation safety.
During his meetings with several Indonesian leaders in Jakarta from Nov 23 to 25, DPM Teo had reiterated "this is a complex technical and operational issue under the ambit of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), and involves many other countries and airlines which use the busy airspace covered by the FIR," said MFA.