Published On: Wed, Oct 3rd, 2018

Chile has no obligation to negotiate with Bolivia over Pacific accessibility, rules ICJ

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In a sensation ruling, the International Court of Justice, which were requested to decide whether the Latin American country of Chile has any obligation to negotiate with another Latin American country Bolivia over the issue whether La Paz should be given accessibility to the Pacific Ocean by Santiago, which wristed almost of territories of its neighbour located on the shore of the ocean after the bloody war happened during late 19th century, has held that the South America’s western edge has no obligation to negotiate with its disputed neighbour over the issue of the accessibility to the ocean.

Naturally, Chile has welcomed the ruling, and Bolivia has expressed their unhappiness about the ICJ verdict.

Bolivia has even entered a step further by playing a sentimental card that it would try their best to pursue Chile to accept their plea.

In a sense, there is merit in Bolivia’s argument. Bolivia is presently a land locked country. The majority of its trade happens through the ports controlled by Chile. These ports in dispute are the ones which were once belonged to Bolivia.

But, in other sense, there is no logic in reclaiming the land and ports, which were lost several decades ago in the bloody war waged due to Bolivia’s own foolishness.

 

 

Vignesh. S. G

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Chile has no obligation to negotiate with Bolivia over Pacific accessibility, rules ICJ