Peru tells Hague court Chile sea claims unjust
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Peru accused Chile of claiming fishing rights over thousands of square miles of the eastern Pacific on Monday at the opening of a court case which is being watched closely in a region with long memories of 19th and 20th century border disputes.
Peru brought the case against Chile at the International Court of Justice in 2008 after two decades of disputes between the two countries over the boundaries between their respective sea areas. The presidents of both countries have pledged to abide by the court's ruling.
On the first day of hearings in The Hague, Peru's representative said Chile knew its claims were false according to the 1952 Santiago Declaration which established 200-mile exclusive economic zones off their respective coasts.
"Chile is fully aware that the language of the Santiago Declaration does not support its claim that the two parties agreed to a maritime boundary stretching out 200 nautical miles from their coastlines," Allan Wagner told judges at the ICJ.