The United Nations’ highest court has ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear a case focusing on access to the Pacific coast for land-locked Bolivia.
The South American nation lost its access to the ocean during the War of the Pacific that it fought with Chile in 1879-83.
Bolivia asked the International Court of Justice in 2013 to order Chile to negotiate over Bolivia’s claim to at least part of the 240-mile (400-kilometer) strip of Pacific Coast. Chile responded that the court had no jurisdiction, arguing in part that a 1904 peace treaty between the two countries settled their borders.
The court on Thursday rejected Chile’s claim, meaning the case can now be heard, a process likely to take many months.
The ICJ’s rulings are final and binding.