18.09.2015

Timor-Leste commences maritime boundary talks with Indonesia.  Formal negotiations on a permanent maritime boundary between the States are due to commence in 2016.

11.04.2016

Timor-Leste initiates Compulsory Conciliation with Australia under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

13.04.2016

H.E. Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, Chief Negotiator meets United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York following the initiation of compulsory conciliation under UNCLOS.

11.05.2016
Timor-Leste and Australia appoint two conciliators each, to form the Conciliation Commission for the Compulsory Conciliation proceedings.
25.06.2016
The four party-appointed conciliators jointly appoint a fifth member of the Conciliation Commission, who is also Chair of the Commission.
28.07.2016
First Compulsory Conciliation procedural meeting is held at The Hague, the Netherlands.
29.08.2016
Timor-Leste makes its case publicly before the Conciliation Commission in a 90-minute presentation, webcast live from the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s website. Timor-Leste launches landmark Policy Paper on Maritime Boundaries in Dili, Timor-Leste and simultaneously in the Peace Palace, The Hague.
30.08.2016

Australia challenges the competence of the Conciliation Commission.

19.09.2016

The Conciliation Commission unanimously decides that it does have competence to hear the dispute.

10.10.2016
Timor-Leste and Australia agree to an integrated package of measures to create the conditions for the achievement of an agreement on permanent maritime boundaries.
09.01.2017
Timor-Leste notifies Australia of its wish to terminate the 2006 Treaty on Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea (CMATS), a provisional resource-sharing treaty.
16.01.2017
Timor-Leste and Australia hold a series of confidential meetings with the Conciliation Commission in Singapore.
20.01.2017
Timor-Leste withdraws from two arbitration cases against Australia related to taxation jurisdiction and alleged espionage during the negotiation of the CMATS treaty.
26.03.2017
Timor-Leste and Australia hold a series of confidential meetings with the Conciliation Commission in Washington D.C., USA.
10.04.2017
The CMATS Treaty ceases to be in force.
06.06.2017
Timor-Leste and Australia hold a series of confidential meetings with the Conciliation Commission in Copenhagen, Denmark.
28.07.2017
Timor-Leste and Australia continued participating in the meetings with the Conciliation Commission to find a solution to the maritime boundary dispute in the Timor Sea.
28.08.2017
Timor-Leste and Australia continued participating in the meetings with the Conciliation Commission to find a solution to the maritime boundary dispute in the Timor Sea. On 30 August 2017, Timor-Leste and Australia reached agreement in principle on a comprehensive maritime boundary agreement.
9.10.2017

Timor-Leste and Australia reached agreement on the complete text of a draft treaty as anticipated in the
Comprehensive Package Agreement of 30 August 2017.

23.07.2019

The National Parliament ratified the historic Maritime Boundary Treaty and approved the 4 proposed laws:
Amendment of Tax Laws, Labour and Migration Law, Amendment of Petroleum Activities Law, and Amendment of
Petroleum Fund Law.

06.03.2018

Timor-Leste and Australia signed an historic Maritime Boundary Treaty at the United Nations Headquarters in New
York.

30.08.2018

Timor-Leste launched ‘New Frontiers: Timor-Leste’s Historic Conciliation on Maritime Boundaries in the Timor Sea’.

30.08.2019

The Prime Ministers of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and Australia, Taur Matan Ruak and Scott Morrison,
respectively, formalised the entry into force of the Maritime Boundary Treaty in the Timor Sea with a symbolic
exchange of diplomatic notes. This ceremony took place at the Government Palace in Dili.

The exchange of diplomatic notes marked the conclusion of a long process that began three years ago when, in The
Hague, the Conciliation Commission Timor-Leste requested under United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
(UNCLOS) framework commenced.

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  • 18.09.2015

    Timor-Leste commences maritime boundary talks with Indonesia.  Formal negotiations on a permanent maritime boundary between the States are due to commence in 2016.

  • 11.04.2016

    Timor-Leste initiates Compulsory Conciliation with Australia under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

  • 13.04.2016

    H.E. Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, Chief Negotiator meets United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York following the initiation of compulsory conciliation under UNCLOS.

  • 11.05.2016

    Timor-Leste and Australia appoint two conciliators each, to form the Conciliation Commission for the Compulsory Conciliation proceedings.

  • 25.06.2016

    The four party-appointed conciliators jointly appoint a fifth member of the Conciliation Commission, who is also Chair of the Commission.

  • 28.07.2016

    First Compulsory Conciliation procedural meeting is held at The Hague, the Netherlands.

  • 29.08.2016

    Timor-Leste makes its case publicly before the Conciliation Commission in a 90-minute presentation, webcast live from the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s website. Timor-Leste launches landmark Policy Paper on Maritime Boundaries in Dili, Timor-Leste and simultaneously in the Peace Palace, The Hague.

  • 30.08.2016

    Australia challenges the competence of the Conciliation Commission.

  • 19.09.2016

    The Conciliation Commission unanimously decides that it does have competence to hear the dispute.

  • 10.10.2016

    Timor-Leste and Australia agree to an integrated package of measures to create the conditions for the achievement of an agreement on permanent maritime boundaries.

  • 09.01.2017

    Timor-Leste notifies Australia of its wish to terminate the 2006 Treaty on Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea (CMATS), a provisional resource-sharing treaty.

  • 16.01.2017

    Timor-Leste and Australia hold a series of confidential meetings with the Conciliation Commission in Singapore.

  • 20.01.2017

    Timor-Leste withdraws from two arbitration cases against Australia related to taxation jurisdiction and alleged espionage during the negotiation of the CMATS treaty.

  • 26.03.2017

    Timor-Leste and Australia hold a series of confidential meetings with the Conciliation Commission in Washington D.C., USA.

  • 10.04.2017

    The CMATS Treaty ceases to be in force.

  • 28.07.2017

    Timor-Leste and Australia continued participating in the meetings with the Conciliation Commission to find a solution to the maritime boundary dispute in the Timor Sea.

  • 06.06.2017

    Timor-Leste and Australia hold a series of confidential meetings with the Conciliation Commission in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • 28.08.2017

    Timor-Leste and Australia continued participating in the meetings with the Conciliation Commission to find a solution to the maritime boundary dispute in the Timor Sea. On 30 August 2017, Timor-Leste and Australia reached agreement in principle on a comprehensive maritime boundary agreement.

  • 9.10.2017

    Timor-Leste and Australia reached agreement on the complete text of a draft treaty as anticipated in the Comprehensive Package Agreement of 30 August 2017.

  • 06.03.2018

    Timor-Leste and Australia signed an historic Maritime Boundary Treaty at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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2015

18.09.2015

Timor-Leste commences maritime boundary talks with Indonesia.  Formal negotiations on a permanent maritime boundary between the States are due to commence in 2016.

2016

11.04.2016

Timor-Leste initiates Compulsory Conciliation with Australia under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

13.04.2016

H.E. Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, Chief Negotiator meets United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York following the initiation of compulsory conciliation under UNCLOS.

11.05.2016

Timor-Leste and Australia appoint two conciliators each, to form the Conciliation Commission for the Compulsory Conciliation proceedings.

25.06.2016

The four party-appointed conciliators jointly appoint a fifth member of the Conciliation Commission, who is also Chair of the Commission.

28.07.2016

First Compulsory Conciliation procedural meeting is held at The Hague, the Netherlands.

29.08.2016

Timor-Leste makes its case publicly before the Conciliation Commission in a 90-minute presentation, webcast live from the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s website. Timor-Leste launches landmark Policy Paper on Maritime Boundaries in Dili, Timor-Leste and simultaneously in the Peace Palace, The Hague.

30.08.2016

Australia challenges the competence of the Conciliation Commission.

19.09.2016

The Conciliation Commission unanimously decides that it does have competence to hear the dispute.

10.10.2016

Timor-Leste and Australia agree to an integrated package of measures to create the conditions for the achievement of an agreement on permanent maritime boundaries.

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