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Andean Group - January 2019

Morales’ maritime dream runs aground in The Hague

With an air of finality, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has had his perennial ambition to regain access to the Pacific Ocean deflated by a ruling handed down by the United Nations (UN)-backed International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. On 1 October, the ICJ ruled that Chile, the present owner of the land through which Bolivia hopes to access the sea, was under no obligation to negotiate over the issue.

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