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"The justice of East Timor's claim to alter the seabed boundary is reaching across the world, ... Just last week 37 European Union deputies appealed directly to Prime Minister Howard, calling for a 'rapid and just' solution that would guarantee East Timor's rights over its resources. Australia has no business depriving the poorest nation in our region of the resources it can use to pay for essential services and infrastructure like schools, roads, and hospitals." Greens Senator Bob Brown

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Sunday, 19 September 2004


East Timor seabed boundary talks must deliver justice


Negotiations over a new seabed boundary between East Timor and Australia must be settled soon and fairly, which ever party wins the October 9
election, Greens Senator Bob Brown said today.

The next round of talks between East Timor and Australia start in Canberra tomorrow.

"The justice of East Timor's claim to alter the seabed boundary is reaching across the world," Senator Brown said.

"Just last week 37 European Union deputies appealed directly to Prime Minister Howard, calling for a 'rapid and just' solution that would
guarantee East Timor's rights over its resources.

"Australia has no business depriving the poorest nation in our region of the resources it can use to pay for essential services and
infrastructure like schools, roads, and hospitals."


More information: Katrina Willis 0419 704 095




BD notes:

EU deputies urge Australia to respect E Timor rights. 15/09/2004. ABC News Online
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200409/s1200051.htm
A group of European Union deputies has issued two petitions urging Australia to respect East Timors rights in a long-running territorial dispute over seabed oil and natural gas deposits between the two countries.


Bob Brown  Timor Sea Action Campaigns:
http://www.bobbrown.org.au/300_campaigns_sub.php?&deptItemID=19



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