Díli, 6th February 2019: HE, the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dionísio Babo Soares and the Timorese ambassador for Australia, Abel Guterres, welcomed the courteous visit of the delegation from the Republic of Vanuatu. The Vanuatu’s delegations were grateful for the Timor-Leste’s hospitality on this occasion and, similarly the willingness of Timor-Leste to share it’s experiences dealing with the Maritime border disputes with Australia.
During this meeting, the Chief of Government reassured the members of this delegation that Timor-Leste is willing to share her experiences with Vanuatu, specifically concerning maritime disputes resolution.
This Tuesday, the Vanuatu’s delegation had a meeting with the Former Chief Negotiator for Borders Delimitation, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, in the Cabinet of Maritime Boundary, to get some insights and experiences from him in relation to his previous assignment as Timor-Leste’s representative to negotiate and settle the maritime boundary disputes with Australia. Consequently, this negotiation brought positive outcomes for both countries.
Vanuatu is a small country located within the Pacific Islands that also faces maritime border issues. In this particular case, this country has a border dispute with France, specifically over the annexed territory of France, namely New Caledonia, which has a maritime border with Vanuatu. This dispute has been going on for years without any maritime demarcation’s settlements between both countries. END