Bolivia Finalizes Details of Reply to Maritime Demand against Chile
La Paz, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government today finalizes details of the documents that will integrate the reply to the maritime demand against Chile, which must be presented to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague in March.
The presentation is almost finished, we have until March 21 and we will present it on time, confirmed the Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca.
He also said that the government is 'calm, optimistic and sure, because the reason is on the side of Bolivia'.
A few days ago, Choquehuanca met in The Hague with the national legal team, international advisers and Bolivia's agent to the The Hague, Eduardo Rodríguez Veltzé, with whom he reviewed the details of the document.
According to the Foreign Minister, the meeting in the Dutch city was positive, taking into account that the team of lawyers is highly qualified, while explaining that format adjustments and the translation into English are being made.
He also mentioned that once the reply has been submitted, Chile would have the possibility of counter-reply until September 21, after which the ICJ will convene oral hearings before issuing its ruling. According to René Martínez, secretary of the Silala Defense Council, it is a progress for Bolivia that Chilean authorities recognize a channeling of the course of the waters towards its territory.
Martínez referred to recent statements by Chilean agent to The Hague, Ximena Fuentes, who, according to media reports, admitted that her country channeled the Silala to 'avoid water pollution'.
According to the Bolivian official, this statement ratifies the Bolivian position that the Silala is not an international river, because there is no natural course and, on the contrary, there are civil works to guide the waters towards the Chilean side.
On April 24, 2013, La Paz filed an appeal for the ICJ to compel Santiago to negotiate in good faith the request for an exit to the sea.
On the other hand, the Chilean government exposed in July the counter-memorial where it rejects any obligation in this regard.
Official sources reflect that this causes countless commercial and financial damages to Bolivia, mainly because it limits the national possibilities for development.
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