The decision on the lawsuit Bolivia started against Chile at the Hague, in order to oblige the latter to conduct negotiations on a sovereign sea access, has been issued. At three pm, the judges made public their statement whereby they rejected all of Bolivia's arguments. In consequence, there is no obligation for Chile to negotiate as Bolivia has argued.
The statement, which can be found here, outlines all of the proceedings, from start to end. In it, the court lists all of Bolivia's arguments as well as what Bolivia expected from the court, that is:
- Chile has the obligation to negotiate with Bolivia in order to reach an agreement granting Bolivia a fully sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean;
- Chile has breached the said obligation; and
- Chile must perform the said obligation in good faith, promptly, formally, within a reasonable time and effectively, to grant Bolivia a fully sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean.
- The Republic of Chile respectfully requests the Court to dismiss all of theclaims of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
This is a major blow for the Morales government, one which he took in person, because he was present during the reading of the verdict.
It is a major blow because Morales in person raised the expectations on a positive outcome. He more or less promised Bolivians the verdict would be positive and Bolivia would get its sea access.
Instead the judges dismiss the arguments and take the Chilean side. More on this later....