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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Bolivia Pushes Claim to Recover Pacific Coast
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Article from NotiSur, May 2
Although Bolivian President Evo Morales is not yet campaigning for a second re-election, all his recent official acts have the effect of proselytizing efforts to sweep up votes in the Oct. 5 elections. His most recent act had such importance that even the right-wing opposition was obliged to participate and applaud. On April 15, accompanied by a delegation of ministers and parliamentary leaders of diverse political sectors, Morales traveled to The Hague, Netherlands, to present the International Court of Justice (ICJ) with a voluminous historic and judicial account of landlocked Bolivia’s effort to recover its coast. The document asks the ICJ to force neighboring Chile to sit down at the negotiating table to discuss Bolivia’s demand for a sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean. Morales became the first head of state in the world to appear in person before the ICJ to make a sovereign claim.