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