Sunday, January 13, 2008

Bilateral Relations: Peru and Chile dispute maritime borders

Peruvian President Alan Garcia, has defended his country's decision to take the disputed maritime boundaries between the two countries to The Hague's International Court.

He said the disputed boundary is a pure legal issue, not a political one adding that by bringing it to the Hague, Peru hopes to solve the problem peacefully and avoid any damage to the relations between the two countries.

Earlier, Chilean Foreign Minister Alejandro Foxley said Peru was seeking to re-define the already decided maritime boundaries, which he said was "totally unacceptable."

He warned that Chile would not give away even, "one millimetre in what has been Chile's territory for almost 50 years."