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A newly signed treaty between Australia and Timor-Leste has established that nearly all of an area in the Timor Sea that was the former site of a Joint Petroleum Development Area is the sovereign territory of Timor-Leste.

The new Australia-Timor-Leste boundary line was based on the median line between the two countries, making clear sovereignty over territory in the Timor Sea.

The agreement also determined which country was entitled to rights to exploit the seabed and continental shelf of the disputed area.


 

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A tribunal constituted under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea has ruled on India and Bangladesh’s competing claims to oil and gas rich waters in the Bay of Bengal, holding that the “equidistance” method of determining the maritime boundary would have been unfair to Bangladesh.


 

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