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Authorities step up police presence in Tacna, Peru ahead of ICJ border dispute ruling

By Rachel Chase

Officials hope to keep disturbances from becoming violent in days leading up to ruling on maritime border dispute between Chile and Peru.

Authorities step up police presence in Tacna, Peru ahead of ICJ border dispute ruling

(Photo: Peru21/César Fajardo)

Authorities in the Peruvian border town of Tacna are hoping to prevent disturbances in the days leading up to the historic ruling on the long-standing maritime border dispute between Peru and Chile.

According to Peru21, Minister of the Interior Walter Albán announced today that a contingent of Peruvian National Police officers has been sent to Tacna as part of an effort to ramp up security in the city.

Albán stated that the extra police force was meant to avoid “any demonstration that could put public tranquility at risk.” The minister also indicated that similar steps are being taken by Chilean officials to safeguard order in the Chilean border town of Arica.

Government officials on both sides of the dispute have repeatedly urged calm and cooperation between the nations no matter how the International Court of Justice rules. In a statement released to press, Peruvian Foreign Minister Eda Rivas said “Whichever way the verdict would go it will help us to turn the page in order to look forward and pursuit both nations’ development. I see with pride that between Tacna and Arica there is great fraternity, which is important.”

Peru21 reports that 20,000 Chileans visit Tacna every day.

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