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BACK DOOR Newsletter on East Timor

Current Urgent Actions
Hahalok mak Urjenti


Updated: 21 June 2006


2006 Crisis in Timor-Leste (East Timor):

ETAN: East Timor and Indonesia Action Network:
* ETAN/US Urgent Actions Menu: http://www.etan.org/action/urgntMnu.htm
* U.S. Must Support Strong UN Mission in Timor-Leste:
http://www.etan.org/action/2006/06alert.htm
* Sample Letters to the Editor: http://www.etan.org/action/letters/jun2006.htm




2005 Archive:

ETAN: Fax Australia's Prime Minister Howard - Tell the Australian Government to Stop Stealing East Timor's Resources and East Timor's Future:  http://www.etan.org/action/fax/faxaus.htm
Action added 27 Apr 2005
"Australians ... can e-mail the Prime Minister directly by going to http://www.pm.gov.au/email.cfm; or fax him at (02) 6273 4100." East Timor Action Network U.S.


14 Apr 2005 TSJC News: Talks Set for 26th of April
Newsletter added 14 Apr 05
"The next round of maritime boundary negotiations between the Australian and East Timorese Governments, have been scheduled to take place in Dili on the 26th, 27th and 28th of April. The talks are expected to focus on details of the proposed ‘creative solution’ in which the Australian Government has reportedly offered $3-4 billion in return for East Timor postponing its claims of sovereignty for up to 100 years. A protest will be held by the Timor Sea Justice Campaign outside of Melbourne’s DFAT offices at 2 Lonsdale St on Tuesday the 26th of April at 12 noon. Actions are also being planned in the other capital cities." Timor Sea Justice Campaign, Melbourne

2004 Archive:

Until Aug 31 2004 TSJC: Timor Sea Boundaries, Oil & Gas Revenues 
Petition updated 26 Aug 2004

"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 ... ; 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 ... " Timor Sea Justice Campaign - Sydney (incl. AETA, MMIETS, APHEDA, AIDWATCH, ASAP)

Until Aug 31 2004 Melbourne NGO: Justice in the Timor Sea 
Petition updated 26 Aug 2004
"We ask that the Australian Government: * Accept the sovereignty of East Timor over the oil and gas deposits which are closer to East Timor than Australia. * Accept the request of the East Timorese Government to meet monthly to negotiate permanent maritime boundaries ... * Accept the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice on issues of maritime boundaries ... * Place in trust (escrow) revenues received from disputed areas ... " Melbourne NGO Timor Sea working group

Jan 17 LH: Act to Support East Timor on "Australia Day" 
Action added 19 Jan 2004
"Tell Australia to stop stealing the oil and the future of East Timor! On January 26, Australia Day, let Australian government representatives in your country know that it is no longer acceptable to seize territory or resources belonging to another nation. Australian embassies and consulates around the world will be having parties - Why not hold a vigil or distribute a leaflet?" Charles Scheiner, La’o Hamutuk, East Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis


“Australia knows that these revenues are vital for us. I am very surprised by their attitude. I never thought a democratic country like Australia would play this kind of role with a poor neighbour. ... Concretely, it means the money to immunise and educate every child in East Timor. It means more children will reach the age of five years. It means more lives spent productively. It is quite literally, a matter of life and death.” Dr Mari Alkatiri, Prime Minister of Timor Leste (East Timor)

“East Timor will not follow the path of those in Nicaragua or Mozambique who believed that international activist support was no longer important once independence had been achieved. We have waged East Timor’s struggle with the help of concerned people from around the world, and we will continue to remember and rely on you in this new phase of East Timor’s history.” José Ramos Horta, letter to Utrecht International Solidarity Conference, May 2000


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