Chilean officials are warning that no matter what the ruling, changes to the disputed maritime border between Peru and Chile will require time.
Though citizens and officials on both sides of the border are eagerly awaiting the Jan. 27 ruling by the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Chilean officials say that the two countries will have to wait a little while longer before any changes can be implemented.
Alfredo Moreno, Chile’s Minister of Foreign Relations, said recently that “There’s no way we’ll have immediate application [of the ruling] because modifications are required in any of the circumstances, even if everything stays exactly the same as it is today, exactly like the Chilean position.”
For example, Moreno said, “Peru would have to change some things [like legislation and maps], and that naturally takes time.”
Moreno’s statements echo those of retired Chilean navy admiral Edmundo Gonzalez: “It’s impossible that the ruling from The Hague be executed immediately, that’s impracticable. Just changing [maritime borders] could take more than a year,” warned Gonzalez.
However, asking for patience in implementation does not indicate that Chile does not intend to follow the ICJ’s ruling. Gonzalez added that he’s sure both nations will “make their best efforts” to abide by whatever the court orders.