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Timor-Leste commences maritime boundary talks with Indonesia. Formal negotiations on a permanent maritime boundary between the States are due to commence in 2016.
Timor-Leste initiates Compulsory Conciliation with Australia under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
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.
Australia challenges the competence of the Conciliation Commission.
The Conciliation Commission unanimously decides that it does have competence to hear the dispute.
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.
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.
Timor-Leste and Australia signed an historic Maritime Boundary Treaty at the United Nations Headquarters in New
Timor-Leste launched ‘New Frontiers: Timor-Leste’s Historic Conciliation on Maritime Boundaries in the Timor Sea’.
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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