Tuesday 31st August, 2021

The Prime Ministers of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and Australia, Taur Matan Ruak and Scott Morrison,
respectively, formalised the entry into force of the Maritime Boundary Treaty in the Timor Sea with a symbolic
exchange of diplomatic notes. This ceremony took place at the Government Palace in Dili.

The exchange of diplomatic notes marked the conclusion of a long process that began three years ago when, in The
Hague, the Conciliation Commission Timor-Leste requested under United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
(UNCLOS) framework commenced.