Bolivia Committed to Claim Sea Outlet
The Hague, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni highlighted today the strength and commitment of the international legal team of Bolivia in the maritime demand that will be presented tomorrow at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Chile.
National and foreign jurists have very important capabilities, their work and experience, but above all, we have noticed a feeling of identification, a commitment with Bolivia, emphasized Huanacuni.
The Bolivian foreign minister praised the trajectory of the international team, made up of six lawyers, five of them European and one Iranian.
Huanacuni is in The Hague along with Justice and Transparency Minister Héctor Arce to accompany the handing over of the document claiming Bolivia's right to regain sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean.
The Bolivian maritime demand has received the support of several personalities, among them the popes Juan Pablo II and Francis.
Pope John Paul II expressed almost 30 years ago in La Paz that 'only with justice, solidarity and the effort of mutual understanding is possible to pave the way for balance to build an international community without permanent harassment.'
He also considered that only in this way would be found adequate solutions to Latin American latent problems, such as certain border disputes or the question of the Bolivia Mediterranean situation.
Meanwhile, Nobel Peace Prize winners Rigoberta Menchú and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano also expressed a peaceful solution that would allow Bolivia to regain access to the coast.
The Andean-Amazonian nation was born with coasts to the Pacific Ocean, but the Chilean invasion of 1879 snatched Bolivia of 400 kilometers of coast and 120 000 square kilometers of territories rich in minerals.
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