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Bolivia files lawsuit against Chile at World Court
Bolivian President Evo Morales (file photo)
Bolivian President Evo Morales (file photo)
Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:42AM
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Bolivia has filed a case against Chile at the highest court of the United Nations, calling on the country to come to the negotiation table in an attempt to regain access to the Pacific Ocean.


On Friday, the International Court of Justice released the statement, in which Bolivia calls on Chile to comply with its obligation to “negotiate a sovereign access to the sea for Bolivia."

Bolivia has asked the World Court to compel Chile to act "in good faith, promptly, formally, within a reasonable time and effectively."

In the 1879-1883 War of Pacific, Bolivia lost nearly 400 kilometers (250 miles) of coastline and 120,000 square kilometers of land to Chile. Bolivia accepted this in the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed in 1904.

For years, Bolivia has been pressing Chile to grant it a useful and sovereign outlet to the sea, but to no avail. Chile says the Peace and Friendship Treaty established their common borders.

In 2006, Bolivian President Evo Morales opened up a channel of direct dialogue with then Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, but it led nowhere.

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