United Nations Compulsory Conciliation (August – October 2016)

Tuesday 29th June, 2021

On 29 August, Minister Xanana Gusmão, Chief Negotiator, Agio Pereira, Minister of State and Ms Elizabeth Exposto MBO, CEO, as Agent and Deputy Agent, represented Timor-Leste at an open hearing at The Hague. Timor-Leste and Australia both had the opportunity to present their case to the Commission and to the world. Australia challenged the jurisdiction of the Commission, but on 26 September, 2016 the Commission announced that they had decided they did have jurisdiction and would continue with the proceedings. Subsequently, meetings of both parties with the Commission have been held in Singapore in October with more meetings scheduled for early 2017.