By Jorge Riveros-Cayo
|Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, said Bolivian president Evo Morales’ announcement to take Chile to an international courto over an alleged border dispute is "unacceptable." (Photo: Internet)|
Peru’s foreign minister, José Antonio García Belaunde, said his country "does not have any obligation" to comment about Bolivia’s latest attempt to resolve its 132-year old dispute with Chile over an access to the Pacific Ocean.
García Belaunde made these comments after Bolivia announced last week that it would take Chile to an international court to resolve the border dispute.
President Evo Morales said Chile had failed to respond to a deadline he had set for progress in negotiations. Bolivia’s loss of the sea was an "open wound" that must be healed, he added.
"Our struggle for a maritime demand should include now another fundamental element: Go to international organisms and courts requesting our right to justice and a a free and sovereign access towards the Pacific Ocean," said Morales.
Chilean President Sebastián Piñera rejected the remarks, calling them a "serious obstacle" to relations.
"President Morales’ comments, including his intention to go to an international court to demand their territorial and maritime aspirations, are a serious obstacle for the relations between both countires, and do not coincide with the content and spirit of the 1904 treaty," said Piñera according to El Mercurio.
Chile was at war against Peru and Bolivia between 1879 and 1884, in what is now known as the "War of the Pacific." Bolivia lost territories to Chile, and was cut off from the sea since then. In 1904, both countries signed a peace treaty that established definite boundaries.
García Belaunde said that as long as Bolivia does not make official their position and Peru does not know the terms of Bolivia’s demands, "it would be irresponsible to make a comment."
"We are unable to make comments until we do not know the contents of that demands, otherwise we would be speculatingm and that would be an irresponsible thing to do," said the minister.