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"Civil Society Organizations in Timor-Leste have followed the negotiation process concerning Timor Sea oil, held in Canberra and Darwin, Australia, last month. ... We strongly urge the government of Timor-Leste to give priority to the Maritime Boundary discussions rather than negotiating the division of resources with a government that is stealing natural resources that rightfully belong to Timor-Leste." HAK Association, Haburas Foundation, La’o Hamutuk, Sahe Institute for Liberation (SIL), Kdalak Sulimutu Institute (KSI), Timor-Leste Community Radio Association (ARKTL), Judicial System Monitoring Program, KSTL, LAIFET, FOKUPERS, Forum Tau Matan (FTM), Timor-Leste Students Association.
This page last updated 9 Oct 2005



The East Timor NGO Forum
Forum Nacional ONG Timor Lorosa'e
Caicoli Street, Dili,  Timor-Leste.   Tel +670-723-5063.  
Email: laohamutuk@easttimor.minihub.org or etngocentre@hotmail.com



27 October 2004


TIMOR-LESTE CIVIL SOCIETY
DEMANDS A FAIR MARITIME BOUNDARY


Civil Society Organizations in Timor-Leste have followed the negotiation process concerning Timor Sea oil, held in Canberra and Darwin, Australia, last month. It has come to our attention that Governments of both Timor-Leste and Australia do not want to further discuss the Maritime Boundary, but have opted instead to discuss only distribution of money from natural resources, which both governments euphemistically call a “creative solution”. The signatories of this statement, civil society of Timor-Leste, would like to present our opinions, which we believe are important to express. While we feel it is important that both governments heed our opinions, they are directed especially towards the government of Timor-Leste.



Based on prior knowledge concerning negotiations, we strongly encourage the governments of Timor-Leste and Australia to:


1.    urge the negotiators who, at this moment, are discussing the future of the people of Timor-Leste, to respect the national sovereignty of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, and quickly set the maritime boundary between the two countries according to current international legal principles.


2.    urge Australia, in connection with point 1, to return to the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea in order to solve international disputes of maritime boundaries.


3.    Greater Sunrise should be East Timor’s territory, development can not be started until a boundary or IUA is in place. We condemn pressure exerted by Woodside Oil Company to quickly begin exploitation in this area. 


4.    stop the exploitation of Laminaria-Corallina and other oil fields in disputed territory. This includes halting the issue of new licenses. It would be sensible and fair to put revenues from such fields in an escrow fund to be divided fairly once a boundary agreement is reached.


We strongly urge the government of Timor-Leste to give priority to the Maritime Boundary discussions rather than negotiating the division of resources with a government that is stealing natural resources that rightfully belong to Timor-Leste.


HAK Association,
Haburas Foundation,
La’o Hamutuk (East Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis),
Sahe Institute for Liberation (SIL),
Kdalak Sulimutu Institute (KSI),
Timor-Leste Community Radio Association (ARKTL),
Judicial System Monitoring Program,
KSTL,
LAIFET (Labor Advocacy Institute of East Timor),
FOKUPERS,
Forum Tau Matan (FTM),
Timor-Leste Students Association.


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last updated: 9 Oct 2005



East Timor National NGO Forum [Forum Nacional ONG Timor Lorosa'e (FONGTIL)]

* Home: http://www.geocities.com/etngoforum/index.html
* BD collection on East Timor NGO Forum: http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/etngoforum.html




HAK Association (Association for Law, Rights and Justice) [Perkumpulan/Perhimpunan HAK]
* About: http://www.yayasanhak.minihub.org/about_us.html
* More about: http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/linksindig.htm#yhakb

Haburas Foundation (Green environmental organization)
* Info: http://www.etan.org/news/2004/04goldman.htm

La’o Hamutuk "walking together" (The East Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis)
* Home: http://www.laohamutuk.org/
* Oil & Gas Index: http://www.laohamutuk.org/Oil/OilIndex.html
* Timor Oil Bulletins:
--- September 2004 The Case for Saving Sunrise: http://www.etan.org/lh/misc/04sunrise.html
--- March 2004 East Timor Government's Budget Deficit: http://www.etan.org/lh/bulletins/bulletinv5n2b.html
--- March 2004 Avoiding the Resource Course: http://www.etan.org/lh/misc/04curse.htm
--- August 2003 Timor Sea Oil & Gas update: http://www.etan.org/lh/bulletins/bulletinv4n34.html
--- December 2002 Timor Oil Chronology: http://www.etan.org/lh/bulletins/bulletinv3n8b.html
--- August 2002 Petroleum Conference in Darwin: http://www.etan.org/lh/bulletins/bulletinv3n6a.html#Report
--- July 2002: Timor Oil, Solidarity: http://www.etan.org/lh/bulletins/bulletinv3n5.html
* Email: laohamutuk@easttimor.minihub.org
* About: http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/lheng.html
* Tada uluk kona ba La’o Hamutuk: http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/lhtetun.html
* Informasi mengenai La’o Hamutuk: http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/lhbahasa.html

Sah'e Institute for Liberation (SIL)
* About: http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/linksindig.htm#saheb

Kdalak Sulimutu Institute (KSI) "Streams Flowing Together Institute" (Founded by Bishop Belo)
* About: http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/linksindig.htm#kadalak

Timor-Leste Community Radio Association (ARKTL)

Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP)
* Home: http://www.jsmp.minihub.org
* About JSMP: http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/Links.htm#jsmp
*
Informasi mengenai Program Pemantauan Sistim Peradilan (JSMP): http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/Links.htm#jsmpb
* Para mais informações vide Programa de Monitorização do Sistema Judicial (PMSJ): http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/Links.htm#jsmpp

Timor-Leste Labor Union Confederation (KSTL)

Labor Advocacy Institute for Timor-Leste (LAIFET)

FOKUPERS Forum Komunikasi Untuk Perempuan Loro Sae (the East Timorese Women’s Communication Forum)
* About: http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/linksindig.htm#fokupersb

Forum Tau Matan (FTM) [Tau Matan: to keep an eye on, to take care of]
* (6 Oct 2005) LH Media release re FTM & AusAID: http://www.laohamutuk.org/reports/AusAID/FTM.html
*
(6 Okt 2005) LH Keterangan Media (FTM & AusAID): http://www.laohamutuk.org/reports/AusAID/FTM_Bahasa.html

Timor-Leste Students Association



About:
East Timor National NGO Forum / Forum Nacional ONG Timor Lorosa'e
(FONGTIL)

updated 30 Sep 2004

Umbrella agency for East Timorese Non-Government Organisations (NGOs)

VISION: To contribute to the building of a pluralist, democratic, just and sustainable East Timor through the development of a strong, independent and responsible civil society committed to upholding and making real in the daily life of the community, both village and urban, the full range of human rights so that all East Timorese, particularly the poor and disadvantaged, can enjoy the fruits of liberation and development in an East Timor forever free.

MISSION: To realise its vision by promoting a culture of learning, cooperation, partnership with the community and respect for human rights and good practice amongst East Timorese NGOs and between them and other development actors, both domestic and international, and by serving as a collective, independent voice for the rights and needs of the community.

VALUES AND PRINCIPLES: a rights approach to development; inclusiveness, participation; accountability; gender balance; respect for the environment; non-party political; non-sectarian; good governance; volunteerism.

Caicoli Street, Dili,  Timor-Leste.   Tel +670-723-5063.  
Email: laohamutuk@easttimor.minihub.org or etngocentre@hotmail.com


Homepage: http://www.geocities.com/etngoforum/index.html

BD collection on East Timor NGO Forum:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/etngoforum.html



Source of Media Release:

La'o Hamutuk
Institutu Timor Lorosa'e ba Analiza no Monitor Rekonstrusaun
The East Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis
PO Box 340, Dili, Timor-Leste
Mobile +670-723-4330
Land phone +670-3325013
Fax +670-3317294
Email: laohamutuk@easttimor.minihub.org
Web: http://www.etan.org/lh



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