After nearly two years of a facilitated conciliation process, Australia and Timor Leste have finally reached agreement on a maritime boundary in the Timor Sea.
The two countries have come to a historic agreement, but some matters remain unresolved.
A treaty signing ceremony on the East Timor Sea boundary could take place by the end of the year.
While the details are yet to be announced, a deal on the long-running dispute marks a win for Timor Leste.
Timor-Leste and Australia will renegotiate a treaty from 2006.
A 2006 treaty governing the A$40 billion Greater Sunrise oil and gas fields has been a source of contention for a number of years.
The tiny island nation Timor-Leste is fighting its large southern neighbour Australia over rights to an offshore oil and gas field.
A conflict over the maritime border between the two countries has considerable implications for Timor-Leste’s future security, and its viability as an independent sovereign state.
Timor-Leste is one of the world’s most oil-dependent countries.
In terms of what is achievable, any foreign policy approach that does not account for strategic and historical realities is likely to fail.
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