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Bolivia’s Evo Morales marks national Sea Day

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By ITN News Editor March 25, 2019 13:27

Bolivia’s Evo Morales marks national Sea Day

Bolivian President, Evo Morales, presided over Sea Day celebrations. Last year, judges at the International Court of Justice ruled that landlocked Bolivia could not force Chile to negotiate over granting it “sovereign access” to the Pacific Ocean in a setback to Morales.Bolivia surrendered most of its former coastline to Chile in a 1904 treaty following the War of the Pacific. The Andean neighbors have held occasional talks about a possible corridor to the sea for Bolivia ever since, but judges said that did not create any obligation for Chile to actually negotiate one.Morales has bolstered his popularity with the nationalistic bid for sea access.Chile currently allows Bolivia duty-free access to the port of Arica, near its northern border with Peru. Bolivia aspires to have a corridor including a train line and port under its own control, and Morales in 2012 halted discussions he saw as fruitless in favor of seeking a legal ruling to bolster his case.The International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, is the United Nations’ venue for resolving disputes between nations.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 25, 2019 13:27