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"[East Timor] Member of Parliament Eusebio Guterres, from the Democratic Party, said that postponement of a maritime boundary agreement is not beneficial for Timor-Leste. Guterres said that if Australia refuses to agree to a boundary demarcation then Timor-Leste should just remain calm. "John Howard will not be the Prime Minister of Australia forever. Many Australians support Timor-Leste's claims to its resources," ... According to Freitas, La'o Hamutuk's data indicates that the agreement that has been reached ... does not involve a postponement of boundary negotiations." Timor Post
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Timor Post

17 May 2005


TL outcry over Timor Sea deal


[BD note: TL means Timor Leste, the official name for East Timor]


Members of the Timor-Leste National Parliament have protested over the Timor Sea accord said to have already been agreed between Timor-Leste and Australia. Member of Parliament Eusebio Guterres, from the Democratic Party, said that postponement of a maritime boundary agreement is not beneficial for Timor-Leste.  Guterres said that if Australia refuses to agree to a boundary demarcation then Timor-Leste should just remain calm. "John Howard will not be the Prime Minister of Australia forever. Many Australians support Timor-Leste's claims to its resources," Guterres told journalists yesterday. He said that a 60-year postponement of negotiations is too long and a dangerous commitment for Timor-Leste.


However, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Jose Ramos-Horta, said that the recent negotiations between Timor-Leste and Australia in Sydney are not yet final. Speaking to journalists on Monday, Ramos-Horta said that there are still a few items to be discussed and agreed upon. The Foreign Minister added that discussion of these issues would not involve a large meeting but rather a forum for "sharing of ideas".


Coordinator of local NGO La'o Hamutuk Tomas Freitas told Timor Post that it is important to make sure that what is being reported is correct. According to Freitas, La'o Hamutuk's data indicates that the agreement that has been reached is about a creative solution for the development of Greater Sunrise and does not involve a postponement of boundary negotiations. (Timor Post)



Source: UNMISET Daily Media Review 17 May 2005


Posted Tue, 17 May 2005 to the east-timor list by John M. Miller fbp@igc.org

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