Timor-Leste tests the waters of UN law in maritime dispute with Australia


SINGAPORE: Timor-Leste is taking Australia to the United Nations (UN) to settle a long-running maritime border dispute by using a legal mechanism that has not been invoked before.

Amid the tension of other ongoing maritime disputes in the region, particularly over the South China Sea, Timor-Leste’s Foreign Minister Hernani Coelho told Channel NewsAsia that this test of international maritime law would set an interesting precedent.

“It will be a very good example for all of us and I think for the world as whole because it will be interesting to see how we are going to implement a theory that was envisioned back in 1982,” said Mr Coelho, who was on a visit to Singapore.