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Australia and Timor-Leste Sign Maritime Boundary Treaty

Last week, Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, in the presence of the UN Secretary-General, signed an historic treaty establishing permanent maritime boundaries between Australia and Timor-Leste at the U.N in New York.

As well as maritime boundaries, the treaty establishes a framework to jointly develop the Greater Sunrise gas fields for the benefit of both countries.

The treaty was brokered by the Conciliation Commission established under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Australia and Timor-Leste both expressed their gratitude to the five eminent Commissioners of the United Nations Conciliation Commission, led by Chair H.E. Ambassador Peter Taksøe-Jensen, for their great dedication and professionalism in helping to forge an agreement.

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