Chile disputed jurisdiction of the Hague maritime demand for Bolivia

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The President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, said that relations with Bolivia should continue under the bosom of peace and union. (Photo: archive)

The President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, announced Monday that his country would object to the competence of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague to judge the maritime lawsuit brought by Bolivia.
Through a chain of radio and television, Bachelet said that one of his functions as head of State is to preserve the territory of all Chileans. “We will work out a fair (…) with our Bolivian brothers”, he said.
Its decision is given after several meetings with former Presidents of Chile, excancilleres, ex and various representatives of the political parties that make life in his country.
“After a process of consultation, I have decided to object to the competence of the tribunal in the Hague, presenting preliminary objections in the corresponding term”, said.
He said that in the coming days we will be several consultations with his Government team to front position that assumes Bolivia to its position on the case.
Chile and Bolivia maintain diplomatic relations with detachment from 1978, when the last negotiation attempts made between dictators of both Nations, Augusto Pinochet and Hugo Bánzer failed.