Tuesday, 27 November 2012 21:57
Meeting of Chilean presidents ahead of maritime trial at the Hague, results in confidence and criticism.
After meeting with former opposition presidents Eduardo Frei, Ricardo Lagos and Patricio Aylwin at La Moneda presidential palace, current President Sebastián Piñera expressed his optimism over Chile’s case in an international maritime dispute with Peru, which is soon to be ruled on.
The U.N.’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) is set to begin the final hearings next week. The dispute over 14,500 square miles of lucrative fishing waters was brought to the ICJ in 2008 by Peru.
Frei’s confidence in Chile’s case translated into criticism of the ICJ. Citing his disagreement with the recent ruling in a related dispute between Nicaragua and Colombia
, which the ICJ based on a 1928 treaty, Frei noted a growing “doubt of the legitimacy of the court.”
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