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 Former Prime Minister’s message


Delimiting our maritime boundaries, according to international law, is a priority for the Government of Timor-Leste. Indeed, since our nation’s restoration of independence in 2002, successive Timor-Leste Governments have prioritised the need to finalise our sea boundaries.

For the people of Timor-Leste, securing permanent maritime boundaries is a continuation of our long struggle for independence and full sovereignty. We ask for no more than what we are entitled to under international law.

As it is, our maritime boundaries off the north and south coasts are undefined. This causes uncertainty for our fishing, immigration, tourism and resources sectors.

It is also a regional problem. The Timor Sea is the link between two great nations in our region; Indonesia and Australia.

It is in the interests of all three nations to have clear, defined maritime boundaries that reflect international law.

Timor-Leste has already commenced negotiations with Indonesia, and we stand ready to negotiate with Australia, as soon as Australia is ready to close the remaining 2% of its maritime boundary.

Establishing permanent maritime boundaries is the final step to realise full sovereignty for our young, proud nation.  My Government will continue to actively engage with our friends in the region to achieve this goal.

I encourage you to explore this website and learn about the issues facing our nation and our pursuit of maritime boundaries.

Best wishes,

H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo

Prime Minister of Timor-Leste

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