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Bolivia: 'Sad but not defeated' - Bolivians on sea dispute failure 01:53

Bolivia: 'Sad but not defeated' - Bolivians on sea dispute failure

Bolivia, Plurinational State of, La Paz
October 1, 2018 at 19:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of Bolivians gathered at the Plaza Murillo in La Paz on Monday, witnessing the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Bolivia in its dispute with neighbouring Chile over Pacific Ocean access.

The court didn't rule on whether Bolivia or Chile owned the rights to the disputed coastal stretch, but stated that Chile was not obliged to negotiate with Bolivia.

"It has been an injustice to the world," Bolivian Saul Estaca said. "Today Bolivia feels a little sad but not defeated. Bolivia was born with sea and sooner or later Bolivia will have sea again."

In the aftermath of the War of the Pacific in the late 19th Century, a treaty between the two countries in 1904 fixed the boundaries leaving Bolivia without access to the sea.

Bolivia: 'Sad but not defeated' - Bolivians on sea dispute failure 01:53
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Hundreds of Bolivians gathered at the Plaza Murillo in La Paz on Monday, witnessing the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Bolivia in its dispute with neighbouring Chile over Pacific Ocean access.

The court didn't rule on whether Bolivia or Chile owned the rights to the disputed coastal stretch, but stated that Chile was not obliged to negotiate with Bolivia.

"It has been an injustice to the world," Bolivian Saul Estaca said. "Today Bolivia feels a little sad but not defeated. Bolivia was born with sea and sooner or later Bolivia will have sea again."

In the aftermath of the War of the Pacific in the late 19th Century, a treaty between the two countries in 1904 fixed the boundaries leaving Bolivia without access to the sea.

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