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New claim in Bolivia-Chile case at the International Court of Justice

(24 November 2014)

Bolivia has submitted a counter-claim to the International Court of Justice arguing for the court’s jurisdiction in the case. The claim responds to a motion from Chile challenging the court’s jurisdiction that was filed in July 2014.

The two countries are disputing Bolivia’s access to Pacific coastline. Bolivia claims that treaties after the 1879 War of the Pacific that granted possession of the coastline to Chile were invalid, and continue to have negative economic consequences for the country. Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz, on the other hand, argues that the 1904 peace treaty established the borders as permanent and no changes will be forthcoming.

The court is expected to determine whether it has jurisdiction to rule in the case in December 2015.

Sources:

Bolivia Files Counter-Claim in International Court of Justice, 7 November 2014, TeleSUR, http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Bolivia-Files-Counter-Claim-in-International-Court-of-Justice-20141107-0051.html

Chile’s Border with Bolivia Permanent, Chilean Minister Says, 5 November 2014, Latin American Herald Tribune, http://www.laht.com/article.asp?CategoryId=14094&ArticleId=2359507