Bolivian Government highlights defense of the Silala case in The Hague | News

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia, Rogelio Mayta, considered this Tuesday that the representation of Bolivia during the process of the case of the status and use of the waters of the Silala in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of The Hague was worthy and reliable.


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“Bolivia’s participation has been worthy and professionally solvent,” declared the foreign minister, who also specified that “in the speeches of Bolivia, its agent, as well as our lawyers, there were no adjectives, there were arguments, citations of jurisprudence, regulations, very tall and very forceful”.

Similarly, Mayta clarified about the case that “definitely Chile cannot claim to have an acquired right to use 100 percent of the waters of the Silala”, where he also stated that his country has recognized that it does not have that right.

“We hope that this ruling issued by the Court is balanced, that it meets the criteria that Bolivia has expressed in the ICJ, the documents that it has presented, and we hope that in this framework the rights of our country and our people are preserved. Bolivian official Mayta said.

Bolivia argued that it wishes to maintain, preserve and replenish the ecosystem (bofedales) which have been seriously damaged by the (artificial) canals, and regarding the time in which the Court can rule, the foreign minister stressed that “it does not have a peremptory term to issue its decision”.

“Finally, and according to the practice of the Court, the ruling that resolves the dispute over the waters of the Silala, could be issued in the coming months,” said the note from the Bolivian Foreign Ministry.