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Peru awaits maritime dispute verdict


10:34, July 05, 2013

LIMA, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Peru is calmly awaiting an imminent verdict from The Hague-based International Court of Justice on its maritime dispute with neighboring Chile, a high-level diplomat said here Thursday.

Any decision will be received with "consideration and maturity, to the best of our ability," Peruvian Deputy Foreign Minister Fernando Rojas said.

"We are confident that the verdict will be in keeping with our interests, within the framework of the current international law," he said.

The ruling, expected to be announced by mid-July, could affect rights to fishing grounds.

Rojas said that throughout the court proceedings, both countries have demonstrated respect and cordiality, as exemplified by leaders of both countries.

The two nations shared many political and economic interests, he said, so the maritime dispute should be seen as an opportunity to work together to resolve the issue and to promote greater cooperation.

Peru petitioned the court in January 2008 to delineate the maritime border between the two nations, in the absence of a formal treaty that clearly defines the two territories.

Chile, meanwhile, claims that fishing agreements dating from 1952 and 1954 identified the maritime border.

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