Policy Paper

Whilst things were unfolding in the Hague on the evening of the 29th of August, the Prime Minister of East Timor was launching a Policy Paper on Maritime Boundaries. This is a book, with about 90 pages, but easy to read and plenty of pictures and maps. There is also a good overview in the first Chapter of the issue.

This is the kind of thing many of us have been hoping to get a hold of and the Goverment's Maritime Boundary Office seem to have done a lot of work to put this together. Its a big file, about 9 MBs but definitely worth having. Click on this link and it will start downloading.

Much of what the presenters said in the Hague last night is set out in the paper.

The Government put out a release about the launch which said:

Government launches landmark Policy Paper on Maritime Boundaries

H.E. Prime Minister Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo today launched the Timor-Leste Policy Paper on Maritime Boundaries, at an official event at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, in Dili.

The Prime Minister said that the document “tells the story of Timor-Leste’s struggle for sovereign rights over our seas – from the past to the present, and what it means for the future.”

The Policy Paper outlines the relevant principles of the law of the sea and sets out Timor-Leste’s position on where its maritime boundaries should lie under international law. It also provides an overview of Timor-Leste’s history, and the history of Timor’s maritime boundary issues.

The Timor-Leste Policy Paper on Maritime Boundaries was launched in Dili, as the Chief Negotiator for Maritime Boundaries, H.E. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, and the Minister of State and of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, H.E. Agio Pereira participated in a presentation Timor-Leste’s case for maritime boundaries at an open session of the Conciliation Commission in The Hague as part of the compulsory conciliation proceedings on maritime boundaries.

At the launch in Dili the Prime Minister said establishing maritime boundaries was a priority for the people and Government of Timor-Leste and noted that “Permanent maritime boundaries will provide certainty for many of our industries including customs, security, immigration services, tourism, fisheries and resources. This certainty”, he said, “will strengthen confidence and encourage business and investment and lead to more jobs. This, in turn, will boost our economy and contribute to building a prosperous future for our people. “

The first section of the Policy Paper contains an executive summary which is available in Tetum, Portuguese and English. The paper can be downloaded from the website of the Maritime Boundary Office at www.gfm.tl. ENDS

A nice resource to have - now listed on our own Resources Page.