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.
“One of our priorities is to ensure the clear delimitation of our maritime and land boundaries in accordance with international law.”