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" ... we urge Australia to ... : 1. Respect the national sovereignty of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, ... 2. ... we continue to believe that a permanent boundary, ... is essential for completing our struggle for national independence. ... 3. Return to the international dispute resolution processes for maritime boundaries ... 4. Do not involve our future in your nation’s politics. ... 5. Respect Timor-Leste’s right to develop our resources on a timetable that is best for our people. ... 6. Stop exploration of Laminaria-Corallina and other fields in disputed territory, ... Place all revenues received from such fields in an escrow account, ... " HAK Association, Haburas Foundation, La’o Hamutuk (East Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis), FOKUPERS, LAIFET (Labor Advocacy Institute of East Timor), Timor-Leste Community Radio Association (ARKTL),  The Mirror of the People (LABEH), Forum Tau Matan (FTM), Timor-Leste Students Association.
This page last updated 9 Oct 2005

The following statement is being released at a press conference in Dili on the morning of 29 September, 2004.


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



29 September 2004


TIMOR-LESTE CIVIL SOCIETY DEMANDS FAIR BOUNDARY



Tetum: http://www.laohamutuk.org/reports/AusAID/NGO29Sep04tet.htm


Civil society and people in Timor-Leste, including the NGOs issuing this statement, continue to follow the negotiations between our government and Australia with great interest. We believe that the issues being discussed in Darwin this week are among the most important for the future of our nation.


Based on what we have been able to learn about the negotiations process, we urge Australia to do the following:


1.      Respect the national sovereignty of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, negotiating with our government as an equal partner and not belittling us with offers of “Christmas presents.” Listen and respond to our national right to establish the boundaries of our newly-independent nation.


2.      Although it appears that Timor-Leste’s negotiators are considering a “creative solution” which would put off a boundary settlement for many decades, we continue to believe that a permanent boundary, both for the water column and the seabed, is essential for completing our struggle for national independence. The boundary should be based on current international legal principles, along the median line between our two coasts, with lateral boundaries decided according to current international law.


3.      Return to the international dispute resolution processes for maritime boundaries of the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.


4.      Do not involve our future in your nation’s politics. Over the past six months, we have been disappointed to see Timor-Leste’s rights used by Australian politicians for domestic political purposes. Our rights are based on international law and moral principles, not on Australian public opinion polls. We are struck by the contrast between last year, when you refused to meet more than once every six months, and now, just before your election, when you want to meet every week.


5.      Respect Timor-Leste’s right to develop our resources on a timetable that is best for our people. We are dismayed by Australia’s support for Woodside’s hunger to extract Sunrise gas as fast as possible.


6.      Stop exploration of Laminaria-Corallina and other fields in disputed territory, including issuing of new licenses. Place all revenues received from such fields in an escrow account, to be apportioned between our nations when an agreement is completed.


HAK Association,
Haburas Foundation,
La’o Hamutuk (East Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis),
FOKUPERS,
LAIFET (Labor Advocacy Institute of East Timor),
Timor-Leste Community Radio Association (ARKTL), 
The Mirror of the People (LABEH),
Forum Tau Matan (FTM),
Timor-Leste Students Association.

-END-Media Release



Info on members of the East Timor NGO Forum who released this statement:

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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

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

Labor Advocacy Institute for Timor-Leste (LAIFET)

Timor-Leste Community Radio Association (ARKTL)

Mirror for the People (LABEH) [Lalenok ba Ema Hotu]

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:
Charles Scheiner
email: cscheiner@igc.org
La'o Hamutuk
Dili, Timor-Leste   +670-723-4335 (until 2 October 2004)
+1-914-831-1098 or +1-914-473-3185 (mobile) (New York, after that)




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