Maritime Boundary Between Timor Leste and Australia

8 August 2004

  1. We congratulate Timor Leste on gaining independence and applaud Australia’s support and assistance in this achievement.
  2. We acknowledge that Timor Leste is struggling to develop as a sovereign nation and to overcome extreme poverty which shows itself in unemployment leading to despair and violence, especially towards women.
  3. We decry the hypocrisy of the Australian Government which gives millions of dollars in aid, but takes billions of dollars worth of oil from Timor Leste waters.
  4. We demand that the Australian Government immediately abide by the International Law of the Sea and agree to the maritime boundary being halfway between the two countries.