ETAN Action Alert
UT, CO, TX alert - support East Timor's resource rights!
I'm writing to let you know of an opportunity to take action in support of East Timor's natural resource rights.
As you may know, Australia has laid claim to billions of dollars' worth of underwater oil and natural gas deposits which, under international law, belong to East Timor. And some Australian oil bureaucrats are coming to your area very soon -- Salt Lake City on May 11, Denver on May 19 and Houston on May 20 and 21 -- as part of the Australian Petroleum Production Group's North American tour.
Friends in East Timor have asked if we could organize some form of protest here during their visit -- so ETAN developed the following letters to the editor. We encourage you to:
Thanks for your action on this important issue. I look forward to hearing from you!
-- Diane Farsetta ETAN field organizer
East Timor is celebrating its first anniversary as an independent country this month (ŗTitle of Related Story in Paper,˛ date run -- IF APPLICABLE). But how independent the new nation can be is not yet clear.
East Timor is one of the poorest countries in the world. It is still struggling to rebuild after 1999šs devastation, when the Indonesian military and its militia destroyed most of the nationšs infrastructure. Revenue from offshore oil and natural gas deposits offers a solution; these resources would be East Timoršs under international law.
But Australia is refusing to negotiate maritime boundaries with its new neighbor, and has taken possession of 60% of East Timoršs rightful claim. Australia has also withdrawn from legal mechanisms to settle boundary disputes, leaving East Timor no way to stop their theft.
Australian government officials will be in (City) on (Day) at (Place?) to discuss ŗpetroleum exploration opportunities.˛ People should urge them to give East Timor back its oil (email email@example.com).
To the Editor:
ŗIf you want to make money, you should conclude an agreement quickly We are very tough. We will not care if you give information to the media. Let me give you a tutorial in politics not a chance.˛ The speaker is not some organized crime head, but Australiašs Foreign Minister threatening the prime minister of neighboring East Timor. They were discussing revenues from oil and natural gas deposits in the Timor Sea, resources that belong to East Timor under international law. But Australia has taken possession of 60% of East Timoršs rightful claim.
Therešs more at issue than fairness and the rule of law. East Timor is still struggling to rebuild after 1999šs devastation, when the Indonesian military and its militia destroyed most of the nationšs infrastructure. The country is one of the poorest in the world. Oil revenues are desperately needed for schools, clinics and roads.
Australian government officials will be in (City) on (Day) at (Place?) to discuss ŗpetroleum exploration opportunities.˛ People should instead question them about Australiašs theft of East Timoršs oil (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
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