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Peru aims to keep good relations with Chile, says minister
By Manuel Vigo
April 24, 2012
On Monday Peru’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Rafael Roncagliolo said the country was seeking to maintain good relations with neighboring Chile.
Roncagliolo said the country would remain calm and stress-free while it awaited the start of proceedings regarding the Peru-Chile maritime dispute at The Hague – which is scheduled to begin in December, Andina reported.
Furthermore, the Minister said Peru was confident about the strength of its arguments, and said the country was aiming for good results before the International Court of Justice.
"Meanwhile we are handling this very calmly, with great conviction of our arguments, we must maintain relations with Chile the most tranquil as possible, and I think the two governments are interested in not creating tensions and insecurities [...] this is the way we must address the issue," Roncagliolo said according to El Comercio.
In March, Roncagliolo announced the International Court of Justice had announced oral hearings for the maritime delimitation case between Peru and Chile would take place from the 3rd to 14th of December.
On 16 January 2008 Peru submitted a claim at The Hague to determine the maritime border with Chile, given that the border was not established by any international treaty.
In Chile’s view the maritime boundaries had been previously established by fishing agreements in 1952 and 1954.
Previously, President Ollanta Humala said he was confident The Hague would rule in favor of Peru.
"We are confident that the outcome will be positive and will establish a new relationship of peace and integration with fellow Latin American nations," he said, last December.
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