Chile and Peru Accept Border Ruling

By Dialogo
December 04, 2012

Chilean President Sebastian Piñera and his Peruvian counterpart, Ollanta Humala got together during the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) regional summit that started in Lima on November 30, and manifested their joint commitment to respect whatever ruling the International Court of Justice (ICJ) passes. The ICJ began both parties’ hearings in The Hague on December 3, in the process that Lima filed against Santiago.

“We will accept and execute the ruling that defines the disagreements that we are bringing to this international court today,” Humala said, with Piñera by his side.

“Chile has been, and will be, a country that respects the International Law, peaceful conflict resolutions, treaties, and international courts,” added the Chilean president, while greeting Humala with a hand shake and both countries’ flags at their side.

Both presidents agreed to appear before the ICJ, after Colombia denounced the Pact of Bogotá this week, an agreement by which the South American nation had committed itself to accepting the international court’s rulings. Colombia’s discontent came after a decision on the maritime border demarcations with Nicaragua were considered seriously mistaken.

“We must strive for equality to grow, and grow for equality,” the Peruvian president requested. At the same time, he recalled that, even though Latin America is enjoying a period of economic prosperity, it remains one of the most unequal regions in the world.

The political situation in Paraguay will be one of the issues awaiting the presidents’ deliberations, as well as the need for Latin America to remain an integrated, prosperous region, with good relations among its neighbors.

In this respect, before his participation in the summit, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said that he is waiting to meet with his Nicaraguan counterpart, Daniel Ortega, on December 8 in Mexico, to discuss the objected maritime dispute ruling.