Timor Sea Justice Campaign welcomes decision to negotiate permanent maritime boundaries

The Timor Sea Justice Campaign has welcomed the joint commitment of the governments of Australian and Timor Leste to negotiate a permanent maritime boundary.

The Timor Sea Justice Campaign has welcomed the joint commitment of the governments of Australian and Timor Leste to negotiate a permanent maritime boundary.

Timor Leste has never had a permanent maritime boundary with Australia. The decision by the Australian Government to work towards establishing one is significant for the people of Timor Leste, who can complete their journey to independence and be assured greater economic security with permanent boundaries.

The Timor Sea Justice Campaign is now calling on the Australian government to negotiate in good faith, and in accordance with international law, to settle the boundary halfway between Australia and East Timor.

The treaty signed in 2006 was not negotiated in good faith and would have robbed Timor Leste of oil and gas revenues in the Timor Sea in areas that, under international law, would have been entirely within the territory of Timor Leste.

The decision to terminate the treaty in the next three months and negotiate a permanent maritime boundary represents a victory for fair play and positive relationships in the region.

Quotes attributable to Campaign Coordinator Ella Fabry:
“Australia has for years refused to negotiate a permanent maritime boundary with TImor Leste, preferring to jostle Timor into a series a temporary revenue sharing agreements that have robbed Timor Leste of billions of dollars in revenue.”
“To have agreement to negotiate permanent boundaries is a major step forward”.

“It’s time for the Australian government to represent the views and values of the Australian people on this issue - and that means settling permanent boundaries halfway between Australia and Timor Leste, in accordance with international law.”
“Australia has not behaved in a fair and just way towards Timor over the last 15 years. This is the first step in righting the wrongs of the past. The Turnbull government now has the chance to finish the job that John Howard started in 1999 through the Interfet mission”.
“East Timor holds a special place in the hearts of the Australian people. The public will expect an outcome that ensures that restores Timor Leste’s right to their fair share of resources under international law and that promotes the future prosperity of our near neighbour.”

Further Enquiries: Ella Fabry, Campaign Coordinator ella@timorseajustice.com 0447 392 412


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