Emerging Issue- Border Dispute

October 17, 2012

Emerging Issue Paper- Border Region

From June to September 2012, along the Timor Leste-Indonesia border at Oe-cusse and Timor Tengah North, a series of violent incidents were recorded, linked to supporters of the Indonesian Military (TNI) destroying crops and buildings. These incidents escalated into rock-throwing and arguments between neighbouring Timorese and Indonesian communities. The source of this instability is the inability of the two governments to establish firm land borders, amid accusations of construction projects overstepping alleged boundaries.