|Timorese protest in Dili over Australian 'greed' over the Timor Sea boundary issue. |
Photo: Juvinal Dias/La'o Hamutuk
FOR MANY years, Australia has been stealing the oil and gas from the Timor Sea, in an area which belongs to Timor-Leste under international legal principles.
Sadly, Australia has shown its manner and its greed to make our small and poor country in this region lose our resources and sovereignty.
After it became aware of the oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea, Australia supported Indonesia for more than two decades as it committed genocide against the people of this land, stealing and using its strong economic and political power to trample us, making themselves rich by leaving us in poverty.
A few days ago, the Australian government used its intelligence service to seize documents from Timor-Leste's lawyer in the CMATS (Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea) arbitration case, and to put pressure on a "whistleblower" so that he could not testify.