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Chile President Sebastian Pinera points to the new boundaries which end the dispute with Peru dating from the 1880s (photo:dpa)

New Peru-Chile maritime boundary ends century-old dispute

A ruling by the world’s highest court to end a century-long dispute between Peru and Chile over maritime boundaries will allow the neighbours to move on from the past and intensify rapidly growing economic ties. The long-awaited decision by the International Court of Justice gives Peru control over an extra 50,000 sq km of ocean, confirms Chile’s hold over fish-rich inshore waters – and sees Boliva now negotiating its claim for lost access to the sea.

<i>On January 27, 2014, the International Court of Justice ruled on a maritime border dispute brought to the court by Peru in 2008. The ruling is claimed as a victory for Peru, although the Chileans retain economic rights over a s...

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Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
Chile is the country that gains the most from the decision. It no longer has to worry about open clashes with the boundary with Peru
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