Maritime Dispute

The International Court of Justice could issue a ruling on the maritime delimitation question between Peru and Chile by the first half of 2013.

Peru confident over maritime dispute with Chile

Peru reaffirms its confidence in the arguments filed to the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the case concerning maritime delimitation between Peru and Chile, Foreign Minister Rafael Roncagliolo said Wednesday.

Minister Roncagliolo estimated that the ICJ could issue a ruling by the first half of 2013, following the oral hearings scheduled for December 3-14 this year.

However, he said the timetable may be altered if the General Assembly or the Security Council ask the Court for an advisory opinion on any other subject, but “under normal circumstances it would be reasonable to expect the Court to issue a ruling in that period.”

“Peru wants to reiterate its confidence in the arguments supporting our application, which will be presented orally to the judges of the court,” he told reporters.

Roncagliolo emphasized the importance of discussing and explaining the country’s stance on the maritime dispute with Chile in the coming months, in order to avoid giving “stereotypical views” on the issue.

Source: JCP/GCO/EEP

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