UN hearing puts spotlight on Timor Sea

East Timor is hoping the UN will help solve its dispute with Australia over maritime boundaries that could affect its share of oil and gas resources East Timor is hoping the UN will help solve its dispute with Australia over maritime boundaries that could affect its share of oil and gas resources.
By Damon Evans 1 September 2016 0 21748
A man protests against the CMATS treaty outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta in March. (PA)

East Timor hopes a UN Conciliation Commission hearing in The Hague, which started on Monday, will help solve a feud with neighbouring Australia over maritime boundaries in the Timor Sea.

East Timor started the compulsory conciliation process, conducted under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, in April. A five-member panel of independent conciliators will try to help the two nations reach an amicable agreement on maritime boundaries, although this looks to be a challenging task given the nature of the dispute.

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