By Carlos A. Quiroga
Bolivia used a brief statement on Wednesday to announce the next step in the lawsuit against Chile at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Chile, however, put his Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz and his special Ambassador Felipe Bulnes at a press conference in which they reiterated arguments and repeated that the country awaits the decision “in peace”.
The next step of the process, on September 24, will be the announce of the ICJ decision on the preliminary objection of Chile to the jurisdiction of the Court to treat the Bolivian demand for a dialogue on sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean.
“On 24 September there is not any decision on the national territory”, Muñoz was quick to point out. “We did everything within our reach,” Bulnes explained.
If the trial were defined by attitudes and previous speeches, we could say that Bolivia is confident while Chile is increasingly nervous.
Does this matter to the judges in The Hague? They have shown many times that can keep the noise of the media and the chancelleries out of the court.
Just remember that, contrary to what many media predicted, The Hague last year took a more favorable decision to Peru in a trial against Chile on maritime sovereignty.