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Wednesday, 17 November 2004
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To the Honourable The President and Members of the Senate assembled in Parliament:

We, the undersigned, appeal to the Australian government regarding its conduct of negotiations with the government of East Timor on the maritime boundary between the two countries and sharing of Timor Sea oil and gas revenue.

We pray that the Senate ensures the Australian Government:

1. negotiates a fair maritime boundary according to current international law, and the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea;

2. responds to East Timor's desire for more regular meetings which will enable the resolution of the dispute and finalisation of a treaty within a more reasonable timeframe; and

3. commits to hold in trust (escrow) revenues received from disputed areas, for further apportionment between Australia and East Timor after the boundary and the treaty have been completed.

by The President (from 16 citizens).