Chilean president urges Bolivia to respect border agreements

13:58, April 04, 2011      

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Chilean President Sebastian Pinera called on Bolivia to respect the border agreements Sunday.

"Our country has valid border agreements, and they have to be respected. If we respect the agreements, we are going to be on the right path, but if we question them, it will be a path we do not want to walk," Pinera told reporters.

Pinera's remarks were made after his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales recently said he would launch a petition at the International Court of Justice, demanding the tiny landlocked country get a sea outlet from Chile.

Bolivia lost a large part of its territory, including its sea outlet, to Chile in the Pacific War from 1879 to 1883.

The two countries began a series of talks in 2006 to find a solution to Bolivia's long-standing demand for direct access to the sea. Recently, Bolivia has been complaining about what it considers as slow progress on the issue.

Source: Xinhua

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