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Colombia tells Bolivia it deserves to have access to the Pacific Ocean

Tuesday, March 20th 2012 - 00:24 UTC
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President Santos and Bolivia’s Evo Morales during their recent meeting President Santos and Bolivia’s Evo Morales during their recent meeting

Colombia has consistently supported Bolivia in its mission to reclaim a passage to the Pacific Ocean and the country reiterated its support last week during a meeting between the two heads of state in Bogotá.

Following the meeting on March 15, Bolivian Minister Carlos Romero said that the president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, offered support to Bolivia in its struggle with Chile to gain access to the Pacific.

According to La Tercera, Santos “offered President Evo Morales and the Bolivian people any initiative and all the diligence of the Colombian state to support its maritime cause, recognizing it as a historical problem that needs to be solved.”

The Colombian president also offered some advice on how Bolivia should manage its relationship with Chile in terms that are “practical and proactive” that would obtain a quick solution to the maritime claim, Romero said.

Bolivia has been demanding access to the sea ever since Chile took its coastal territory in the 1879-1883 War of the Pacific.

Discussions on the issue between Chile and the Bolivia are currently on hold. However, Chilean Sen. Hernán Larraín has said that “Chile is understanding and willing” to re-start talks, adding that “instead of taking drastic and emotional action, what we need is for Bolivia to decide which path it is going to follow.”

The Colombian government supported an OAS (Organization of American States) resolution in 1979, which urged Chile and Bolivia to start talks regarding the maritime claim. It also acted as a mediator in the talks between Chile and Bolivia in 1983.

By Struan Campbell Gray - The Santiago Time


Categories: Politics, Latin America.

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  • ljordao

    Heavens! It is open season for nonsensical territorial claims.

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 12:44 am 0
  • rebeldenacion

    This is how Cristina Kirchner and her cronies get into power:

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 12:59 am 0
  • Ernie4001

    1@Yes you are right seems that is the open season for everybody that want to have a part of another´s land.
    In this case is a smoke screen to cover all the problems of this poor and ignorant country. It´s crazy but in South america always there are fools that lend ears for whatever you want.

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 01:29 am 0
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