Connect with us


World Court: Bolivia, Chile close in river dispute


THE HAGUE (AP) The International Court of Justice on Thursday found little to decide in a long-running dispute over a small river that flows from Bolivia to Chile, after the Latin American neighbors had largely resolved their conflict during the proceedings.

The United Nations’ top court spent most of the hour-long hearing explaining that the two countries’ legal claims over the Silala River – a short waterway in the Atacama Desert – were unchallenged as the two countries have now agreed how water should be managed.

It’s an international watercourse, as both sides now agree, said U.S. Judge Joan E. Donoghue, who serves as the court’s president. Bolivia initially rejected this designation as international law requires international water resources to be managed cooperatively.

Chile filed the claim with the Hague-based court in 2016, arguing that Bolivia was violating international water laws by blocking the river’s flow. During hearings in April, Bolivia claimed that the waterway is not a river at all, but a series of underground springs forced above ground by Chilean construction.

A 1997 UN convention on water rights requires countries whose borders intersect major waterways to share natural resources equally.

In the last six years of legal proceedings in the case, the two countries narrowed the scope of their dispute significantly through diplomatic efforts, eventually agreeing on all but a few minor technical points.

Chile requested that Bolivia notify it before carrying out certain activities in the waterway, but the court rejected this request as it had no basis in international law.

Chile said Thursday’s decision was a victory.

The court is now only reaffirming the fact that Bolivia has accepted everything Chile came for, Ximena Fuentes, Chile’s deputy foreign minister, told reporters after the hearing.

Bolivia’s legal team left the court without commenting on the verdict.

It is recognized that Chile’s historical use and its current use of the waters of the Silala River is in accordance with the fair and reasonable use defined by international law, Chilean President Gabriel Boric said after the decision.

Our country can rest easy with this court decision, he said. We have received the legal certainty we were looking for and the disputed issues have been finally resolved.

Bolivian President Luis Arce said in a tweet that Bolivia has resolved a dispute with a brother nation. The decision of the International Court of Justice ratifies our rights over the Silala waters and our sovereignty over the dismantling of artificial channels, he wrote.

Bolivian Foreign Minister Rogelio Mayta said that the decision gives us important security. The court made it clear that Bolivia has the right to the canalization that has been done in its territory to improve the flow of water and to recover the wetlands that have been degraded by these works, Mayta said.

The court called on the two countries, which have not had diplomatic relations since 1978, to work together to manage Silala waters. Chile and Bolivia should conduct consultations on an ongoing basis, in a spirit of cooperation, said panel president Donoghue.

This is the second time the two Latin American neighbors have taken a dispute to the International Court of Justice. In 2018, judges sided with Chile, finding that the country was not legally bound to grant access to the sea to its landlocked neighbor.

Bolivia has not always been cut off from the ocean. It lost part of its coastline to Chile in a war of 1879-1883 and has been unhappy with the outcome ever since.




The mention sources can contact us to remove/changing this article

What Are The Main Benefits Of Comparing Car Insurance Quotes Online

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / June 24, 2020, / Compare-autoinsurance.Org has launched a new blog post that presents the main benefits of comparing multiple car insurance quotes. For more info and free online quotes, please visit https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/the-advantages-of-comparing-prices-with-car-insurance-quotes-online/ The modern society has numerous technological advantages. One important advantage is the speed at which information is sent and received. With the help of the internet, the shopping habits of many persons have drastically changed. The car insurance industry hasn't remained untouched by these changes. On the internet, drivers can compare insurance prices and find out which sellers have the best offers. View photos The advantages of comparing online car insurance quotes are the following: Online quotes can be obtained from anywhere and at any time. Unlike physical insurance agencies, websites don't have a specific schedule and they are available at any time. Drivers that have busy working schedules, can compare quotes from anywhere and at any time, even at midnight. Multiple choices. Almost all insurance providers, no matter if they are well-known brands or just local insurers, have an online presence. Online quotes will allow policyholders the chance to discover multiple insurance companies and check their prices. Drivers are no longer required to get quotes from just a few known insurance companies. Also, local and regional insurers can provide lower insurance rates for the same services. Accurate insurance estimates. Online quotes can only be accurate if the customers provide accurate and real info about their car models and driving history. Lying about past driving incidents can make the price estimates to be lower, but when dealing with an insurance company lying to them is useless. Usually, insurance companies will do research about a potential customer before granting him coverage. Online quotes can be sorted easily. Although drivers are recommended to not choose a policy just based on its price, drivers can easily sort quotes by insurance price. Using brokerage websites will allow drivers to get quotes from multiple insurers, thus making the comparison faster and easier. For additional info, money-saving tips, and free car insurance quotes, visit https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/ Compare-autoinsurance.Org is an online provider of life, home, health, and auto insurance quotes. This website is unique because it does not simply stick to one kind of insurance provider, but brings the clients the best deals from many different online insurance carriers. In this way, clients have access to offers from multiple carriers all in one place: this website. On this site, customers have access to quotes for insurance plans from various agencies, such as local or nationwide agencies, brand names insurance companies, etc. "Online quotes can easily help drivers obtain better car insurance deals. All they have to do is to complete an online form with accurate and real info, then compare prices", said Russell Rabichev, Marketing Director of Internet Marketing Company. CONTACT: Company Name: Internet Marketing CompanyPerson for contact Name: Gurgu CPhone Number: (818) 359-3898Email: [email protected]: https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/ SOURCE: Compare-autoinsurance.Org View source version on accesswire.Com:https://www.Accesswire.Com/595055/What-Are-The-Main-Benefits-Of-Comparing-Car-Insurance-Quotes-Online View photos


to request, modification Contact us at Here or [email protected]