Bolivia expects to retake dialogue with Chile on Pacific access

10:22, June 27, 2011      

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Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca said Sunday he expected an official decision of Chile to retake the dialogue about Bolivia's access to the Pacific Ocean.

"The meeting of a mixed commission from both countries was unilaterally suspended by the Chile's government last November, so Bolivia is waiting for a statement to restore it," Choquehuanca told a local radio.

He said the difficulties to restore the bilateral talks were more evident when Bolivian President Evo Morales vowed to take the case before the International Court of Justice located in The Hague.

During the 41st General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) held in El Salvador earlier this month, Choquehuanca urged Chile to give a written reply to Bolivia's demand and hoped to seek a "direct dialogue" and a long-lasting agreement.

Morales and former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet began bilateral talks in 2006 based on a 13-point agenda including Bolivia's request for a sovereign passage to the Pacific Ocean.

The dialogue was suspended after Chilean President Sebastian Pinera took office in November 2010.

Bolivia lost part of its territory, including its sea outlet, after the War of the Pacific between 1879 and 1883.

Source: Xinhua
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