MOVIMENTU KONTRA OKUPASAUN TASI TIMOR
Statement from press conference in Dili on 2
July 2019. For the Tetum version, photo, and
additional information see
OKUPASAUN TASI TIMOR (MKOTT)
Kontra Okupasaun Tasi Timor, MKOTT, wishes to
congratulate the government of Timor-Leste, who have
declared, via the Chief Negotiator for Maritime
Boundaries, Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, that they
will ratify the Maritime Boundary Treaty with
Australia before 30 August 2019. MKOTT is pleased as
MKOTT has called many times for the Parliaments of
Australia and Timor-Leste to ratify the treaty that
was signed in March 2018.
release, Dili, 02 July 2019
Government should use the Celebration of 20
Years after the Referendum to Call for Freedom
for Bernard Collaery and “Witness K”
The struggle that
united all of us is nearing a victorious conclusion.
We appreciate that, on the same day, the people of
Timor-Leste will celebrate the 20th anniversary of
the day when they exercised their right to decide
the destiny of their country.
to call on the VIII Constitutional Government under
the leadership of Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak to
do everything within its power to realize this
ratification”, a representative of MKOTT states.
MKOTT would like to remind the people of
Timor-Leste that the 30 August 1999 referendum came
about because of our struggle by the armed front,
the clandestine front and the diplomatic front.
However, MKOTT would also like to recall that the
United Nations came to conduct the referendum in
Timor-Leste, partly due to support from solidarity
movements around the world.
While the people
of Timor-Leste prepare to celebrate this important
event, MKOTT appeals to the Prime Minister and the
VIII Constitutional Government to seize this
opportunity to express the solidarity of the people
of Timor-Leste with a dear friend of ours, Mr.
Bernard Collaery and “Witness K” who are facing
judicial prosecution and threat of imprisonment in
Australia for telling the truth.
Collaery, an Australian lawyer, contributed greatly
to Timor-Leste’s struggle for independence. After
independence, Bernard Collaery was part of the
international legal team that represented
Timor-Leste in disputes with Australian government
at the international court.
A legal client of Bernard Collaery, known
only as “Witness K”, blew the whistle on the
espionage activities that the Australian government
carried out against our negotiating team during the
negotiations for the CMATS Treaty in 2004. It was
this truth that the government of Timor-Leste used
as evidence that obliged the Australian government
to come to the table and negotiate a permanent
maritime boundary with Timor-Leste.
Collaery’s contribution to the maritime boundary
treaty which Timor-Leste and Australia are to ratify
this coming 30 August is immense.”
“Therefore, the State and People of Timor-Leste must
not forget this dear friend of ours. The State and
the People of Timor-Leste should not let our dear
friend Bernard Collaery be imprisoned merely for
telling the truth in defense of Timor-Leste’s rights
according to international law.”
information, please contact: +670 77432621 or
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K and Bernard Collaery by the Australian
Timor Sea, Boundaries & Oil