Bolivia to Request Int'l Court of Justice to Send Observers to Silala
La Paz, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia is planning today to request the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in the Hague, to send experts to the Silala springs, originated in its territory and the scene of a dispute with Chile.
This water source belongs to the Bolivian department of Potosi but its waters were taken through aqueducts to Chile, where cities and mining companies have been supplied with this resource for more than 100 years, without compensation to the country of origin.
We are going to request that the members of the international court go to the site to make an on-site inspection, Jose Alberto Gonzalez, president of the Bolivian Senate, said.
Gonzalez's initiative is in response to statements made by La Moneda aide to the conflict, hydrology expert Howard Wheater, according to whom, the Silala spring is an international watercourse.
During the speech on occasion of the 137th anniversary of the loss of the coastline due to a Chilean invasion, President Evo Morales announced last year his country's decision to take up the defense of that natural resource.
The president instructed the Strategic Directorate for Maritime Vindication to study legal alternatives to take the case to the ICJ, however, the Chilean Government has already filed a lawsuit to demand the right to use those waters.
In addition to this conflict, the ICJ is analyzing Bolivia's claim for a sovereign outlet to the Pacific Ocean and La Paz should present this month its reply at that international court.
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