Deal reached on Timor Sea marks breakthrough in dispute but unknowns remain (Channel News Asia, 6 September 2017)

Deal reached on Timor Sea marks breakthrough in dispute but unknowns remain  (Channel News Asia, 6 September 2017)

The announcement by the Timor Sea Conciliation Commission is the first indication that Australia and Timor-Leste are making real progress towards resolving their maritime boundary dispute. If this process reaches a successful outcome, a permanent maritime boundary will have been drawn in the Timor Sea between Australia and Timor-Leste for the first time. However, the conciliation still has some steps to complete. A formal treaty will need to be negotiated, signed and ratified before a new legal framework exists.