Peru and Chile Vow to Abide by International Court Ruling

By Dialogo
November 29, 2012

Peru and Chile are “solemnly” committed to accepting the ruling submitted by the Hague’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) about the maritime dispute between the two, confirmed Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rafael Rongagliolo on November 23.

“On behalf of the Peruvian and Chilean Presidents, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense and their top political leaders, they are strongly and solemnly committed to accepting the ruling passed by the Hague’s Court,” Roncagliolo highlighted at a press conference in the presidential palace.

In 2008, Peru submitted a lawsuit against Chile for the ICJ to demarcate the boundaries in the Pacific which, according to Lima, are not demarcated, while Santiago holds they have already been determined.

The hearings will start on December 3 in the Hague for two weeks, and both governments will present their arguments, after which the Court will pass an unappealable ruling in the first half of 2013.

Roncagliolo stated that the Peruvian claim is “different” from the Colombian and Nicaraguan situation, over which the Hague ruled on November 26, regarding a dispute over the Archipelago of San Andrés in the Caribbean.

Roncagliolo recalled that the Peruvian stance is “very solid and reasonable,” and he was confident that “the court will act fairly within the law, and that it would surely make sound use of its legal criteria.”

For his part, co-agent in the case at the Hague, Ambassador José García Belaunde, confirmed that Peruvian hearings are “almost ready to be presented,” in which the principles of equity and proportionality, stated in the Convention on the Law of the Sea, are invoked.