Relations between Chile-Peru again tense

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Chile´s disapproval of a Peruvian bill in committee to review their shared maritime frontier, a longtime bilateral issue, has renewed tensions between the nations. Chile´s President Ricardo Lagos held a meeting with top aides on the topic, after which government spokesman Minister Osvaldo Puccio announced Chile will appeal to the Organization of American States to stop the initiative. Chilean Ambassador to the OAS Esteban Tomic has been instructed to request that the organization analyze the affair, Puccio said. Chilean Ambassador to Lima Juan Pablo Lira delivered a letter of protest to the Peruvian Foreign Affairs Ministry over the bill, which was approved by Peru’s congressional Foreign Affairs Committee. Chile considers that the bill unilaterally ignores current treaties between both countries. Peruvian Foreign Minister Oscar Maurtua said Friday the legal initiative has nothing to do with the sea demarcation with Chile and merely establishes the points to measure the neighbour country’s sea domain up to 200 maritime miles. Peru has wanted The Hague Court to resolve the sea border conflict with Chile, a situation that keeps authorities of both nations in permanent tension.

Source: Prensa Latina

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Originally from Denmark, Carsten returned to Peru in 2002 with his wife and eldest son. He started LivinginPeru.com in 2005, among other ventures in Peru. Before this, Carsten has worked in tourism, living in France, Sicily, and the U.S., and promoted bands like Metallica, Def Leppard and U2 for PolyGram Records (now Universal Music). Carsten loves pisco sours, Peru’s cuisine, and traveling with his family within Peru, a country that he believes is the land of opportunities.