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Chile, Peru prepare as Hague Court sets to resolve territorial dispute

Tuesday, January 14th 2014 - 00:54 UTC
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With the decision over ongoing maritime dispute between Chile and Peru just weeks away, government officials on both sides insist relations between them are strong. On Jan. 27 Peru and Chile are set to find out who has legal ownership over 14,500 square miles of fishing waters off their borders, putting an end to a centuries-long dispute and ending a five year international court case. Read full article


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  • Britworker

    Reading this it sounds like Chile is preparing itself for bad news.

    Jan 14th, 2014 - 08:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    l award the disputed territory to Chile.

    Jan 14th, 2014 - 09:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Last time I looked at a map of the disputed area with the possible boundaries delineated, it seemed to me that the decision should be in favour of Chile. A maritime boundary should continue in the direction of the land boundary. However, there may be other questions. What are the nationalities of the judges? Who paid whom how much? What promises have been made?

    Jan 14th, 2014 - 12:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Philippe

    I insist, Isolde is always right,


    Jan 14th, 2014 - 02:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    @1 Yes, to some extent you are right. The territory is currently ours so Peru can't lose. They can win or get the status quo. We stand to lose half the territory or all of it. The status quo is unlikely.

    What the government is doing is emphasizing that the decision to agree to the ICJ ruling was a decision of state not government. There could potentially be civil unrest if we lose so they want to create political unity to avoid any opportunists fanning the flames.

    You are correct that a look at the map and the signed treaties between the two countries should mean a Chilean victory. However what goes on behind the scenes counts. Chile is alone on the continent and made no friends when we “defied” Brazil by rejecting Mercosur. Peru is closely integrated with Brazil.

    The bigger picture:
    Chile has one of the largest EEZ in the world (11th) and a few thousand square miles won't make any difference.

    Jan 14th, 2014 - 05:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    If this all goes well and is settled peacefully,
    then it may well be a shining example of how to do it,

    thus perhaps Britain should insist Argentina take its problem over the Falkland's to the ICJ and end this farce..
    just a thought..

    Jan 14th, 2014 - 07:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    @4 Phillipe,
    Well thank you Phillipe, but l am wrong sometimes.

    Jan 15th, 2014 - 10:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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