Bolivia's Replication to Chile Is Based on the Truth, Arce Says
La Paz, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Justice and Transparency Minister Hector Arce said today that the maritime replication to Chile proves with historic documents this country''s right to recover its sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean.
Bolivia has justice and truth on its side, Arce told reporters when speaking about the document drawn up by local and international lawyers and reviewed by President Evo Morales in The Hague last week.
The minister assured Bolivians the veracity of the replication that the country will submit in March, when the Day of the Sea will be observed (March 23).
A few days ago, Arce returned from the Netherlands, where he participated, along with Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni and Defense Minister Reymi Ferreira, among other officials, in the last meetings of the Bolivian legal team to tune up Bolivia's replication.
After Bolivia presents the documents at the International Court of Justice, the Chilean government, represented by its agent, Claudio Grossman, will have to prepare a response to produce it in court before September 21, 2017.
After that procedure, the oral hearing of the process will begin and the court will rule on the dispute.
Bolivia was founded in 1825 with coasts on the Pacific Ocean. Five decades later, Chile deprived the country of the access to the sea after an invasion and occupation.
With that action, Chile robbed Bolivia 400 kilometers of seashores and 120,000 square kilometers of mineral-rich territory.
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