the Timorsee is about 61,500 km ² a large Nebenmeer of the Indian ocean with a depth of maximally 3300 meters. The Arafurasee in the east extends between the Australian north coast , the island Timor and.
The Timorgraben deep over 3000 meters runs under the Timorsee.
Under the Timorsee are extensive oil and gas reserves. Australia and Osttimor argue about the promotion rights in one as Timor Gap (Timor gap) marked area. This is the area, in which of Australia overlap territorial claims, which depend on the principle of the continental base (the submarine expansion of a continent up to 200 meters depth of water), with which from Osttimor. Osttimor follows its former colonial power Portugal, which demanded that the dividing line should be overseas exactly on half distance between the two countries.
The principle of the center line is fixed to 1994 also since 1982 in the international maritime law convention, came into force however only. Australia negotiated prematurely with Indonesia, which Osttimor of 1974 - 1999 kept occupied, for itself more favorable contracts. Australia offended even against UN-resolutions as it the sovereignty of Indonesia over Osttimor recognized. After independence Osttimors had to again negotiate Australia, set the financially gebeutelte Osttimor, which is urgently dependent on the oil funds, under pressure. In Australia 2004 opponents of the government politics of John Howard created the Timor Sea Justice Campaign in January, which uses itself for a fair allocation of the oil reserves.
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- homepage of the Timor Sea Justice Campaign
- Australia seizes diplomatique November 2004 coordinates after resources Osttimors of Jean Pierre Catry - Le