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New Peruvian Maps Rekindles Border Row with Chile

LADB Article ID: 79437
Category/Department: Chile
Date: 2014-09-26
By: Benjamin Witte-Lebhar

A border dispute that was supposed to have been resolved by a landmark ruling issued eight months ago by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague is once again causing tempers to flare between Chile and Peru, this time regarding a miniscule patch of coastal desert. The binding ICJ decision, handed down on Jan. 27, ended years of wrangling over the two countries’ maritime boundary . At stake was a nearly 40,000 sq km triangle of Pacific Ocean water tucked between Chile’s preferred maritime border, a line heading directly west from the coastal point where the two countries meet, and Peru’s claim, a line emanating from nearly the same point but following a southwest trajectory. The Netherlands-based court ended up granting the bulk of that ocean territory to Peru but allowed Chile to retain a swath of valuable inshore water used by the country’s industrial and small-scale fishers.

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