Bolivia to World Court: Fix Our Landlock
Country wants Chile to return coastal territory
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2013 3:03 AM CDT
Bolivian Navy sailors attend the inauguration of a new vessel at Lake Titicaca.   (AP Photo/Dado Galdieri)

(Newser) – Unlike most other landlocked countries, Bolivia was once a maritime nation and the loss of its access to the Pacific after a war with Chile more than a century ago still stings, NPR finds. The country—which still has a navy and holds a "Day of the Sea" celebration every year—has sent its foreign minister to the Hague's International Court of Justice to make the case for ordering Chile to return the coastal territory it gained in a 1904 peace treaty. Analysts suspect the Bolivian government's decision to raise the issue with the world court now may be an attempt to boost Bolivian leader Evo Morales' popularity.

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Apr 24, 2013 8:41 AM CDT
Apr 24, 2013 6:58 AM CDT
Chile has 6435 miles of coastline; giving up a few miles isn't going to break the country up into disarray and it would strengthen ties between itself and Bolivia.
Apr 24, 2013 6:25 AM CDT
Bolivia sits atop one of the world's largest reserves of natural gas. In fact, Bolivia could be the "Saudi Arabia" of South America ... given the coming dominance of natural gas among fossil fuels. Negotiate with Chile for a corridor to the sea that includes a pipeline for LNG and give'em a "taste." That should do it. In fact, they could hold a bidding war between Chile and Peru for the necessary land and cooperation in building the offshore LNG terminal. Whoever offers the best land and the most assistance in the port construction gets a "taste" of the profits as long as the gas lasts ... and that'll be a while.