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"Australia has indicated a willingness to negotiate about all of the oil and gas fields in dispute. In exchange, it seems that the East Timorese government is willing to put its boundary claims on hold and focus on revenue sharing agreements. While the Australian government's willingness to actually negotiate is a step forward and encouragement for those campaigning on this issue, the deal is not done - and so our work is far from finished. ... the next month is perhaps the most important since the Timor Sea Justice Campaign began ... I would encourage everyone to get involved with the campaign or to otherwise take action now." Dan Nicholson, Timor Sea Justice Coalition - Melbourne


Letter from Dan Nicholson


Timor Sea Justice Coalition (TSJC) Melbourne
Home:
http://www.TimorSeaJustice.org

Topic: Our work is far from finished!
Timor Sea Update & Coming Melbourne Meeting




15 August 2004:


Dear friends of the Timor Sea Justice Campaign,


You may have seen the news about an apparent breakthrough on the Timor Sea issue. For the first time, Australia has indicated a willingness to negotiate about all of the oil and gas fields in dispute. In exchange, it seems that the East Timorese government is willing to put its boundary claims on hold and focus on revenue sharing agreements.


While the Australian government's willingness to actually negotiate is a step forward and encouragement for those campaigning on this issue, the deal is not done - and so our work is far from finished.


The next round of talks between East Timor and Australia is due for September 20th, and these talks will be very significant. This means that the next month is perhaps the most important since the Timor Sea Justice Campaign began.


After these talks, the period until the end of the year, when a deal may be concluded, will also be critical.


In light of this, I would encourage everyone to get involved with the campaign or to otherwise take action now.


In Melbourne, there will be a meeting this Wednesday 18 August at 6:30 at Trades Hall, cnr Victoria and Lygon Sts, Carlton.

Some of the projects that will be discussed are:
* latest developments around the Timor Sea
* events in Canberra and Melbourne to coincide with the September 20 talks
* national tour of East Timorese activists in September
* developing new lobbying kits for the next month
* making the Timor Sea an election issue
* getting updated information about the issue out to the community


For those not in Melbourne or unable to come to our meetings, remember to keep an eye on our website -
http://www.TimorSeaJustice.org - for news and things you can do, and meeting times all over Australia.


If you have ideas or suggestions and can't make it on Wednesday, please do not hesitate to contact me on dan@timorseajustice.org or 0409 328 289.


Thanks


Dan Nicholson
Timor Sea Justice Campaign - Melbourne


Home:
http://www.TimorSeaJustice.org





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