Peru protests Chile’s new ocean limits

(LIP-jl) — Peru has sent two official letters of protest to Chile over an impending Chilean law which will change ocean boundaries between the two South American countries.

Peru considers this move to be a very serious problem since the new boundary will dramatically reduce Peru’s ocean territory.

The first letter was sent and delivered to the Chilean Embassy in Peru on January 10 while the second letter was sent on January 23 according to a report at Peru21.com.

The decision to send the second letter of protest was in response to the Chilean government’s decision to have the initiative reviewed by a Chilean constitutional tribunal.

Peruvian President Alan Garcia summoned Hugo Otero, the Peruvian ambassador to Chile, for a meeting in Lima to discuss the details and options that Peru has during this border limit crisis.

This is the first diplomatic controversy between Peruvian President Alan Garcia and his Chilean counterpart Michele Bachelet, officially ending their ‘honeymoon’ period.

Chile’s Congress approved the measure on December 12, 2006 and it is now in the hands of a constitutional tribunal, the last step before Chilean President Bachelet can sign it into law.