PETITION

CONCERNING TIMOR SEA BOUNDARIES AND OIL AND GAS REVENUES

To the Honourable The President and Members of the Senate assembled in Parliament:


We the undersigned, appeal to the Australian Government regarding its conduct of negotiations with the Government of Timor Leste on the maritime boundary between the two countries and sharing of the Timor Sea oil and gas revenue.

We pray the Senate ensures the Australian Government:

1. negotiates a fair and equitable maritime boundary with Timor Leste according to current international law and the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS);

2. responds to Timor Leste's request for more regular meetings to settle the maritime boundary dispute between the two countries within a more reasonable timeframe;

3. returns Australia to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (IJC) and UNCLOS for the adjudication of maritime boundary;

4. commits to hold in trust (escrow) revenues received from disputed areas immediately outside the Joint Petroleum Development Area (JPDA) of the 20 May 2002 Timor Sea Treaty, for further apportionment between Australia and Timor Leste after the maritime boundary dispute between the two countries has been settled.

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Please return completed petitions prior to August 31, 2004 to:
TimorSeaJustice Campaign (Sydney), c/- AETA, PO Box 703, Leichhardt, NSW 2040.  Visit: http://www.TimorSeaJustice.org
More petitions: AETA (02)9519-4788, MMIETS 9623-2847, AIDWATCH 9557-8944, APHEDA 9264-9343, ASAP 9690-1977
or Back Door Newsletter on East Timor: 
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/04julpettsj.html