Inside the Maritime Boundary Talks

International law says that when two states are less than 400 nautical miles (750 km) apart, the maritime boundary should be the line of equidistance.

That's wrong, because this area is unique. The 1958 U.N. Convention on the Continental Shelf is the guiding principle. The sea bed in the Timor Sea has a huge steep cleft called the Timor Trough - 550 nautical miles long, 40 n. mi. wide and as deep as 3,000 m. The two countries sit on different shelves.

That's a poor argument. If you...

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