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    Bolivia's President Evo Morales and high ranking military officers attend a ceremony to commemorate maritime conflict between Chile and Bolivia in La Paz, Bolivia February 25, 2018. | Photo: Bolivian Presidency

Published 2 March 2018

The oral hearings on the case filed against Chile over a sovereign exit to the Pacific Ocean will begin on March 19.

Bolivia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Sacha Llorenti confirmed on Thursday that “President Evo Morales will go to The Hague” to participate in the oral hearings on the case filed against Chile over a sovereign exit to the Pacific Ocean.

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The hearings will take place between March 19 and 28. Bolivia’s hearings are scheduled for the first two days, and after a one-day break, Chile’s hearing will take place on March 22.

The Bolivian government filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2013 demanding 400 kilometers of coastline and 120,000 square kilometers rich in natural resources that were seized by Chile in 1879 during the Pacific War, which lasted until 1883.

According to Llorenti, Morales will head the delegation to ICJ made up of 30 people including Bolivia’s team and guests, like former presidents and foreign ministers as well as members of social movements.

Via Twitter Morales expresses his gratitude. “The maritime claim is above ideological and political differences. I thank the brother ex-presidents, ex-foreign ministers, authorities, and leaders who will accompany us to The Hague. Together with our people, we will work to get #MarParaBolivia (#SeaForBolivia) with sovereignty,” Evo wrote.

Four former Bolivian presidents have confirmed their participation in the hearings. Jorge Tuto Quiroga (2001-2002) who is also an opposition leader, Carlos Mesa (2003-2005), Jaime Paz (1989-1993) and Guido Vildozo, who in 1982 pathed the way to democratic restoration in Bolivia after 18 years of military dictatorship.

Llorenti’s announcement was made after presenting a report on the status of the maritime claim to Bolivia's Legislative Commission for Foreign Affairs.


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