Jan 10, 2017

Oil slick: East Timor wins battle, but Australia could yet win resources war

The scrapping of the 2006 treaty is a first step towards East Timor securing its economic future. But it will need all future breaks to go its way if it is to avoid economic collapse.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

East Timor Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer after signing the treaty in 2006

East Timor has won a significant moral victory in the Timor Sea dispute, with Australia agreeing to scrap the controversial 2006 Timor Sea treaty. However, East Timor’s hope that this now spells the beginning of the end of that dispute, much less that it will secure the country’s economic future, might be overly optimistic.

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One thought on “Oil slick: East Timor wins battle, but Australia could yet win resources war

  1. Draco Houston

    Poor buggers. We’ve been huge bastards to them ever since Portugal walked away from them.

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