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Peruvian navy starts to map new maritime border

By Rachel Chase

Peruvian ships have already entered their newly acquired maritime territory in order to begin mapping the border with Chile.

The Peruvian Navy has begun some cartographic activities in their newly acquired maritime territory in order to start mapping the border with Chile.

According to Gestion, they patrol boat San Martin and the science craft Melo are already in the “exterior triangle,” as the outer swath of sea recently awarded to Peru is known.

“What we’re doing is trying to map out what the new border will be, starting from the land to 80 miles [into the sea], and then from there to Point A, Point B, and Point C,” Commander Colbert Ruiz told press. For a better idea of what he’s means, see the second image above.

Gestion reports that the seamen are using mapping software in order to determine their exact longitude and latitude.

The mapping activities are expected to take two weeks. However, it is unclear if the conclusions reached by the Peruvian Navy will have any legal importance for determining the exact location of the new border. The International Court of Justice did not lay out precise geographical coordinates in their ruling, providing illustrative maps. The text of the ruling states that “The Court expects that [Peru and Chile] will determine these co-ordinates in accordance with the present Judgment, in the spirit of good neighbourliness.”

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