DILI, 30 november 2023 (TATOLI) – Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão briefed the President of the Republic, José Ramos Horta, on the progress of the negotiations of the land boundary with Indonesia.
There are still unresolved segments of the Land Boundary between Timor-Leste and Indonesia, namely Noel Besi-Citrana, in the Kupang region (Nusa Tenggara Timur), and Bijael Sunan-Oben, in Manusasi, (north-central Timor-Leste).
“We held a meeting with the President of the Republic to inform him about the deliberations that came out of the meeting between the technical teams from Indonesia and Timor-Leste for the land boundary negotiations,” Gusmão told reporters after a meeting with the Head of State at the Palace of President, in Dili.
Prime Minister recalled that the Timorese and Indonesian delegation teams recently met in Oé-Cusse to try to finalize the delimitation of the border with Indonesia to ultimately safeguard national sovereignty, strengthen security, guarantee socio-cultural affinity, and bring benefits to both countries.
Gusmão also recalled that the two countries’ technical teams held meetings between november 20 and 27 at the Ministry of Finance in Aitarak-Laran, adding that the technicians will definitively mark the land boundary on the ground as soon as possible. In addition, the two technical teams are also working on the geographical boundaries to reach an agreement on the boundary points where the land border meets the sea.
The meeting between the Prime Minister and President was accompanied by the Head of the Technical Negotiation Team for Timor-Leste’s Land Boundary Delimitation, Roberto Soares, and the Executive Director of the Land and Maritime Boundary Office, Elizabeth Exposto.
Journalist: Camilo de Sousa
Editor: Filomeno Martins