(LIP-ir) — As Peru’s President Alan Garcia made changes in his Presidential Cabinet, it was decided that Allan Wagner would no longer be the country’s Minister of Defense but would represent Peru at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands.
President Garcia chose Wagner to defend Peru in the maritime border dispute with Chile, which is to be taken to the World Court – the principal judicial organ of the United Nations – by the two neighboring countries.
Peru’s Head of State expressed that he trusted in the former Minister of Defense and was sure he would be successful.
"Wagner will be in charge of Peru’s most important representation before the International Court of Justice in the maritime dispute with Chile, and I trust in his success", said Garcia.
President Garcia thanked Wagner for his performance as Minister of Defense and swore in Antero Flores-Aráoz as Peru’s new Defense Minister yesterday morning.
Wagner said he was satisfied with his new position, which he considered one of the biggest challenges he would face in his 40-year career as a diplomat.
Next January, Peru – stating there are not treaties that define the maritime border – will file a suit before the ICJ to settle the ocean frontier issue with Chile.
On the other hand, Chile has explained that the border was already established in a pair of treaties signed in 1952 and 1954, which were also signed by Ecuador.
News source: ANDINA