Foreign military activities in the EEZ: preliminary views from Malaysia

Ba Hamzah


By virtue of its declaration at the United Nations, Malaysia does not allow any foreign state to conduct military activities in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The declaration was deposited with the Secretary General of the United Nations on 14 September 1996 together with the instrument of ratification. The purpose of Malaysia’s declaration is simply to underscore its disagreement with certain provisions in UNCLOS and to exclude or modify the legal effect with regard to their application of these provisions on the state. Malaysia is not the only state that has placed restrictions on foreign military activities in the EEZ. Despite assertions by ...

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