The Bolivian Foreign Minister, Rogelio Mayta, will lead the delegation that will go this Thursday, December 1, to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, in the Netherlands, for the resolution of the status of the waters of the Silala river, which is facing to Chile and Bolivia.
“A delegation from our Ministry of Foreign Affairs is going to follow up and find out what the Court is going to determine,” said the Bolivian Presidency Minister, Maria Nela Prada, on Monday, confirming that it will be Mayta who will lead it, according to collected by the newspaper ‘El Deber’.
Prada has highlighted that the Bolivian party is “expectant” for the resolution of the dispute. “Once (the ruling) is known, we will issue our position,” he indicated, without giving more details about this possible position of Sucre.
As reported by the agency on November 11, the resolution will be known at 3:00 p.m. (local time) by the president of the Court, Joan E. Donoghue, during a public meeting at the Peace Palace in The Hague. .
The management of the fresh waters of the Silala has been the reason for judicial confrontations between the two countries before the organization, since Santiago considers that it is an international river and La Paz maintains that it is exclusive to its national territory.
The territorial conflict dates back to 1879, when Bolivia lost its exit to the Pacific in the war it waged with Chile, which culminated in the Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1904, on the right of free transit of Bolivian goods to and from ports in this ocean.
Former Chilean President Sebastian Pinera issued a statement from the Government of Bolivia in February 2020 in which he stated that the Government of former President Evo Morales recognized before the ICJ that the Silala River is an international river and that it flows naturally into Chile.