East Timor Fights for Fair Share of Timor Sea Rights From Australia

Protesters march towards the Australian Embassy building, Jakarta, Indonesia, March 24, 2016 (AP photo by Dita Alangkara).
Protesters march towards the Australian Embassy building, Jakarta, Indonesia, March 24, 2016 (AP photo by Dita Alangkara).
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On Monday, East Timor asked the United Nations to begin the process of establishing a permanent maritime boundary with Australia in the Timor Sea. In an email interview, Clinton Fernandes, a professor at the University of New South Wales Canberra, discussed Australia’s ties with East Timor and the border dispute. WPR: What is the background to the current agreement on maritime boundaries between Australia and East Timor, and what changes is East Timor seeking to make to the agreement? Clinton Fernandes: In 1972, Australia negotiated a maritime boundary with Indonesia that granted it the lion’s share of oil and gas […]

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