ICJ sets date for hearing between Chile and Bolivia on Silala River | News

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced this Wednesday the trial between Chile and Bolivia due to the Status and Use of Water of the Silala River, which will take place between April 1 and 14 at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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According to the ICJ, the statements of both the judges and the Bolivian and Chilean delegations will be made in a face-to-face-virtual format, due to the current epidemiological context of Covid-19.

Thus, during the judicial appointment, the causes of the case will be examined in detail, for which they will analyze the lawsuit presented by the Chilean nation; as well as the counterclaims by Bolivia.

It should be noted that Chile’s accusation against the Bolivian country was presented in June 2016, when then-president Michelle Bachelet proclaimed that “Chile cannot remain passive in the face of Bolivia’s repeated behavior of ignoring our rights”, which she complemented with a lawsuit against La Paz before The Hague to recognize the legal constitution of Chile against its natural resources.

For its part, the Bolivian Government, which in 2016 was led by Evo Morales, indicated that the waters of the Silala high plateau system are channeled towards the border between the two South American nations after the works carried out by a Chilean railway company during the year 1920, which is denied by the Chilean plaintiffs.

This is the first international challenge for the government of Chile’s next president, Gabriel Boric, who will take office as head of state on March 11 of this year.

“We will defend our arguments with the peace of mind that we have solid scientific evidence to support our position that the Silala River is an international river that crosses the border into our country naturally and that international law provides that both riparians have the right to a equitable and reasonable use of its waters,” said Chilean Foreign Minister Carolina Valdivia.

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