The neighboring countries had reached an agreement “on the central elements of a maritime boundary delimitation between them in the Timor Sea”, but no further details are disclosed until the agreement was finalised.

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According to Reuters, the arbitration began last year and the talks, hosted by Denmark, resulted in a deal on 30 August, under which the two countries would set up a special regime for the Greater Sunrise field, paving the way for its development and the sharing of the resulting revenue.

However, Timor-Leste terminated the controversial treaty that split oil and gas revenues equally with Australia, in January, due to alleged unfairness of the Australian espionage, which triggered a new round of negociations for a permanent maritime boundary.

However, the court statement reads:

“...The parties agree that the agreement reached on 30 August 2017 marks a significant milestone in relations between them and in a historic friendship between the peoples of Timor-Leste and Australia.”