On Monday morning President Ollanta Humala said his government supported Bolivia’s claims over a longstanding territorial dispute with neighboring Chile.
"Bolivia\‘s claim, seem to us to be legitimate, and fair,” Humala said, “but it is a bilateral issue between that country and Chile.”
Last week President Evo Morales, of Bolivia, made headlines after he restated his country’s demand of having an outlet into the Pacific Ocean.
Bolivia, which lost its access to the sea after the 1989 War of the Pacific, is asking to revise boundaries between the two countries.
“The 1904 Treaty has been revised three or four times on a proposal by the Chilean government, but it is an unjust treaty, imposed and incomplete,” the Bolivian president said according to the Santiago Times.
In response President Sebastian Piñera, argued that Chile had given Bolivia full access to the Antofagasta and Arica seaports, and said the country was prepared to give Bolivia access to more port, as well as an autonomous maritime area near the border with Peru.
According to El Comercio, the area that Chile has proposed is part of a zone that is part of proceedings regarding the Peru-Chile maritime dispute at the International Court of Justice.
Pinera said he agreed that terms with Bolivia could be improved, but emphasized that "Chile is not willing to reduce or divide its territory," the Global Times reported.