Peru confident it will win maritime dispute against Chile

Living in Peru
Israel Ruiz

If the world court at The Hague is fair, then we (Peru) will be right, said Ambassador Javier Pérez de Cuéllar when speaking on the maritime border dispute between Peru and Chile.

Pérez de Cuéllar, former Secretary General for the United Nations, explained that his prediction was based on rulings the world court had made in cases similar to Peru’s.

The Peruvian ambassador stated that while the world court had clear guidelines, both countries would have to wait a couple of years for a final ruling, explaining the matter was complex.

Peru is to present its case at The Hague on March 20, giving historic, geographic and legal support as to why certain maritime limits needed to be respected.

Chile will not present its case until 2010.

Peru’s Foreign Affairs minister Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde explained while on a trip to Chile that Peru’s position was that maritime borders had not been established.

Speaking on behalf of Chileans, he stated that they believed limits had been set in agreements signed in 1952 and 1954.

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