Bolivia's Pacific Ocean access case will be heard by ICJ
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Bolivia's Pacific Ocean access case will be heard by ICJ

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.

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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.

Associated Press