The International Force East Timor (INTERFET) was a multinational non-United Nations peacemaking taskforce, organised and led by Australia in accordance with United Nations resolutions to address the humanitarian and security crisis that took place in East Timor from 1999–2000 until the arrival of UN peacekeepers. We (me and my girlfriend) did it either way Europe - Australia via East Timor and back Australia to Asia via West Timor - both time by private sailing vessels. The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, commonly known as East Timor (Tetum: Timór Lorosa'e), is a country in Southeast Asia.It lies northwest of Australia in the Lesser Sunda Islands at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago. Background. Eleven Vietnamese nationals who paid people smugglers $32,000 each to take them to Australia under false promises of farm work have been detained in East Timor. East Timor owes its territorial distinctiveness from the rest of Timor, and the Indonesian archipelago as a whole, to being colonised by the Portuguese, rather than the Dutch; an agreement dividing the island between the two powers was signed in 1915. Australia's territorial claim extended to the bathymetric axis (the line of greatest sea-bed depth) at the Timor Trough. East Timor (or Timor-Leste in Portuguese) is a small country that takes up the eastern half of an island lying between Indonesia and Australia.It is a very remote travel destination well off any beaten tourist tracks, but highly rewarding for those (dark) travellers into such extreme exoticness. A woman has her temperature checked on the beach in Timor-Leste after arriving by boat. After the declaration of East Timor's nationhood in 1999, the terms of the Timor Gap Treaty were abandoned and negotiations commenced between Australia and East Timor, culminating in the Timor Sea Treaty. The 'Timor Dory' This boat was originally designed as the 'Fat Canoe', in consultation with East Timorese fishermen, by John Welsford, a well known designer, builder and sailor of small craft, in Rotarua, New Zealand. Cruel ironies and strange mirror effects mark Australia’s performance in the lead-up to Indonesia’s invasion, in 1974–75, and East Timor’s independence vote in 1999. The most important think is to be on Timor island just before monsuns are coming and in Darwin you need to be in around July (look for Sail Indonesia Event from NT/Darwin). Credit: Screegrab/VIP.TV "This is a strong reminder that the threat of … Eight men and three women were accompanied by two Indonesian crewmen when they stopped at Jaco Island, east of the nation’s mainland, on Friday. Australia also plans to link East Timor to an Australian cable system that runs between the northern cities of Darwin and Port Hedland. John has a personal knowledge of East Timor and designed this boat specifically for our project as a donation. Thank you, John. Eleven Vietnamese heading to Australia by boat after being offered farm work by people smugglers are detained in East Timor – and put into tax-payer funded quarantine Eight men and three women were accompanied by two Indonesian crewmen They travelled from Indonesia and stopped at an island on the way to Darwin East Timor officials […] Australia had a part in East Timor’s march to tragedy and a key role in its salvation.