Timor-Leste is a small coastal State in Southeast Asia, straddled between the archipelago of Indonesia and the vast Australian continent.
After centuries of colonial rule and a quarter-century of occupation, Timor-Leste is now a proudly independent nation. But the struggle for sovereignty continues. Since the restoration of independence in 2002, Timor-Leste's maritime boundaries with its neighbours have remained undefined.
Delimiting Timor-Leste's permanent maritime boundaries is a national priority. Timor-Leste seeks nothing more than what it is entitled to under international law.
Why does it matter? Securing maritime boundaries is a matter of sovereignty for the people of Timor-Leste. When permanent maritime boundaries are settled with Australia and Indonesia in accordance with international law, the people of Timor-Leste will achieve sovereign ownership and control of the maritime areas within those boundaries.