Peru’s Ollanta Humala holds fast in “land triangle” controversy


President Ollanta Humala strongly reaffirmed that the so-called land triangle of 3.7 hectares is under Peru’s sovereignty on the sidelines of the recently-held 8th Pacific Alliance Summit.

After holding a one-on-one meeting with his Chilean counterpart Sebastian Piñera, the Peruvian leader conveyed the position of his country on the matter and stressed the Andean nation has control over the land triangle according to a land boundary treaty signed in 1929 by the two nations.

The aforementioned agreement establishes a borderline starting on the seashore, in a point called “Concordia” (Concord), which is at 10 kilometers (6.21 miles) north of Chile’s Lluta river.

Nevertheless, this fact is rejected by Chilean authorities who claim that the two countries’ border does not begin at the Concordia point but at the boundary stone No. 1, which is 268 meters inland, thus denying the international law.

We have talked [about the topic], each of us has a position, but while carrying the voice of the Peruvian State I have strongly reaffirmed the Peruvian sovereignty over the triangle of land,’ President Humala told Canal N television network.

President Humala noted that if Chile plans to retire from the Pact of Bogota that is a sovereign decision of the neighboring country.Peruvian president Ollanta Humala recently reiterated his country’s position that the patch of land thrust into dispute following the ICJ border ruling belongs to Peru, not Chile.