Thursday, 16 May 2019 08:44

Bolivia Presents ICJ With Reply to Chile's Silala Lawsuit

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The Bolivian representative before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Eduardo Rodríguez, presented the high court a reply to Chile as part of the trial for the use of the waters of the Silala.


La Paz.- Through a videoconference held at the Bolivian Foreign Ministry, Rodríguez reported that this highland nation assumed the defense as rigorously and responsibly as possible, through scientific evidence, historical arguments and international law.

"All the necessary precautions have been taken by our authorities, by the President (Evo Morales), the Government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Diremar (Strategic Direction of Maritime Claim, Silala and Water Resources), to strengthen the defense of our cause of the waters of Silala before the International Court of Justice," he said.

The rejoinder has six volumes: a main document and five annexes, in which the historical, legal and technical arguments are presented, referring to the hydrological and geological subject, for example.

For the elaboration of the defense document, Bolivian authorities relied on the advice of national and international specialists, who contributed to clarify the scientific aspects.

The foreign minister, Diego Pary, explained that with the delivery of this document Bolivia complied with the entire procedure according to the schedule established by the high court of justice.

"We will now follow up on the next steps the Court will define," he said.

Chile sued Bolivia before the ICJ in 2016 on the grounds that the waters of the Silala, a source located in the southern Andean region of Potosí, come from an international river and not from a spring as the country claims.

The Bolivian authorities insist, through diplomatic channels and in accordance with international treaties, on sovereignty over the artificial flow of waters in their territory and specify that Chile "does not have the right to that flow." (PL)

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