Dili, August 30th 2019: HE the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Taur Matan Ruak, and HE the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott John Morrison, this Friday, at the Government Palace, in Dili, officially exchanged diplomatic notes on the Maritime Borders in the Timor Sea, which was disputed by these two countries.
The Timorese Prime Minister, in his speech, stated that Timor-Leste and Australia have begun a new chapter in bilateral relations between these two countries, and this moment demonstrates the firm mutual will to reach a fair and equitable agreement.
Through this Diplomatic Notes Exchange, the Timor Sea Treaty automatically enters into force and the joint oil exploration area between Timor-Leste and Australia is now part of the territorial jurisdiction of Timor-Leste.
Following is the speech by the Head of Government:
Your Excellency the Prime Minister of Australia, Honorable Mr. Scott John Morrison
Your Excellence’s Heads of State and Heads of Government and other Dignitaries
Ladies and Gentleman
With this act of Diplomatic Notes Exchange between Australia and Timor-Leste, we begin a new chapter of the bilateral relations between our two nations.
This is a moment that demonstrates our strong mutual desire to reach a fair and equitable agreement, after a successful negotiating process that used, for the first time, the mechanisms of conciliation provided by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
That’s why we mark, with great pride, the entry into force of this treaty, in both countries, as a good example to the World, regarding a peaceful resolution of conflicts in a cooperative and collaborative way.
Australia and Timor-Leste share the fundamental principles and values of the International Right and Human Rights.
This close and positive relationship has been present for years, at a bilateral level, through the cooperation in all areas of common interest, namely in defense and security, in health and education and in the strengthening of the civil society, and especially in ties of citizenship.
Although the strong ties that already unites us, I would like to convey to Your Excellency Prime Minister, our strong commitment to investing more time and effort in broadening and deepening our relationship in all levels, answering to the expectations of our peoples.
The spirit of this permanent Maritime Borders Treaty represents to us a source of inspiration and encouragement, that stimulate us moving forward.
I believe that this spirit will certainly help both Governments to work with renewed commitment, both bilaterally and cooperatively, in favor of our nations and the well-being of our people.
Your Excellency Prime Minister
We firmly believe that Australia and Timor-Leste will continue to work together, thus fulfilling, in an increasingly practical and conscientious way, the legitimate expectations and aspirations of our two Peoples!
May God bless us all!