Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Chile, Peru Try to Defuse Tensions Ahead of Court Ruling

The governments of Chile and Peru are striking a conciliatory tone as they prepare for the International Court of Justice's decision on their border dispute. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera and Peruvian leader Ollanta Humala agreed to issue a joint statement after the ruling is issued Jan. 27. Both are calling for calm and for the winning country to avoid boastful celebrations. Both presidents have made it clear they'll abide by the ruling, which affects a sizable chunk of the Pacific Ocean. Humala has said the two countries will "set an example" in their acceptance of the verdict, and that the ruling will set in motion a new agenda of cooperation with Chile. On the military front, all seems quiet. Rumors continue of reinforcements along the border, but nothing that can be substantiated. Update: Chileans in the city of Arica were alarmed when a Peruvian military helicopter flew over the border. But Chile said the Mi-17 did not violate Chilean airspace. Still, the flyover caused some anxiety.


Anonymous said...

How about Humala sets an example by NOT making South America look like a backwards ****hole to the rest of the human race by halting his country's policy of expansionism and belligerence?

...yeah I know; too much to ask right?

Anonymous said...

Historically Chile has been an expansionist country. Make no mistake about that. So the question now is How is going to react aganist an advese ruling of the Hague Court?. A big chunk of its current territory was obteined after the massive territorial teft during the Pacific War. The ocean in dispute now has been holding at a gun point in a twisted interprertation of a couple of two fisihig agreements that never were intended to produce a maritime delimitation.

Anonymous said...

Funny Anon, as far as I am concerned the Peruvians disregarded, according to the Chilean point of view the limit in dispute in 2000 or so, then the rest is dire, I suppose the outcome will be even more. The only thing to be taken into account is the example that the case will be. If not, take Colombia's stance after their dispute with Nicaragua, thought Ortega doesn't have much to say either.