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Compulsory Conciliation

Trilateral Statement, 24 January 2017

Trilateral Statement, 9 January 2017

Decision on Competence, 19 September 2016

Presentation of the Opening Statement at The Hague, 29 August 2016

Conciliation between The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and The Commonwealth of Australia, PCA Case Repository, 11 April 2016



Maritime Boundary Agreement between Australia and Indonesia (1972) Download

Timor Gap Treaty between Australia and Indonesia (1989) (not in force) Download

EEZ Agreement between Australia and Indonesia (1997) (signed but not ratified) Download

Timor Sea Treaty between Australia and Timor-Leste (2002) (now amended by CMATS) Download

International Unitisation Agreement between Australia and Timor-Leste (2003) Download

Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea (CMATS) Agreement between Australia and Timor-Leste (2006) Download


Further resources

Government of Timor-Leste

International Court of Justice: Questions relating to the Seizure and Detention of Certain Documents and Data (Timor-Leste v Australia)

Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea

Maritime Space Database, containing numerous examples concerning deposits of baselines, national legislation, boundary delimitation agreements etc.

The Prime Minister of East Timor meets with Pope Francis, Rome Reports, 3 March 2016

Presentation by H.E. Ambassador Abel Guterres on behalf of the Government of Timor-Leste, Melbourne, 15 February 2016

Background information on 2004 Australia-New Zealand treaty, Former Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, 25 July 2004



The Conciliation Commission Concludes First Procedural Meeting, Permanent Court of Arbitration, 29 Jully 2016

Timor-Leste pushes Australia to conciliation, The Saturday Paper, 4 June 2016, Mark Skulley

Jose Ramos Horta: Australia needs to negotiate not litigate with neighbours, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 April 2016, Jose Ramos-Horta

Interview: Ambassador Abel Guterres, The Diplomat, 20 April 2016, Ben Weir

Contrasting party policies emerge over maritime boundary with East Timor, SBS, 14 April 2016, Hannah Sinclair

Labor vows to end Timor-Leste dispute over Greater Sunrise territory, Australian Financial Review, 11 February 2016, Fleur Anderson

Malcolm Turnbull’s foreign policy hypocrisy on East Timor, Sydney Morning Herald, 25 January 2016, Tom Allard

Oil and Water: Australia blurs the lines with Timor-Leste, The Monthly, December 2015, Mark Aarons

East Timor appealing for Australian public’s support in border dispute, minister says, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 17 November 2015

Timor-Leste’s battle to settle its maritime borders resumes, The Saturday Paper, 12 September 2015, Mark Skulley

Timor Sea policy a challenge for Labor, The Saturday Paper, 11 July 2015, Steve Bracks

Oil, gas and spy games in the Timor Sea, The Monthly, April 2014, Kim McGrath