And so into 2017. May I take this opportunity on behalf of the NSW Timor Sea Justice Forum to thank you for your interest in and support of East Timor's maritime boundary aspirations. 2016 was a year of major developments and we have chronicled some of them in the latest blog post "And now ... 2017".
As I see it 2017 is a year to ramp up the pressure, visit our local Members of Parliament and make sure that Canberra knows that we support a prompt and proper resolution of this issue. Representatives of our Government are finally, reluctantly, talking about this issue in the forum provided by the UN Conciliation. They need to know we care and we are watching.
Timor is looking for a boundary that is consistent with international law. They showed clearly in The Hague opening statements what they think that would look like, based on the three step process established in international maritime arbitration.
2017 could see this issue finally move closer to a proper resolution - but - it is certainly not a forgone conclusion and it is not a time to 'take our foot off the pedal.'So there will be more events, more interventions in Canberra, more film screenings and more visits to Members of Parliament. Please stay on board! Timor needs you.
Thanks again for your support in 2016 - and here's to a wonderful 2017 for our Timorese friends. May it be the year which sees some long overdue justice on the boundary issue and a year of peace, development and achievement for our 'neighbours to the north'.
6 January 2017
Till we see justice in the Timor Sea.