Bolivia and Chile intend to rebuild relations without including the maritime issue

Bilateral relations between Bolivia and Chile have been suspended at ambassadorial level since 1962, with a brief hiatus between 1975 and 1978, due to the historical controversy over the Bolivian maritime claim dating from1879.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Bolivia and Chile announced on Friday, May 7th, that a road map will be drawn up to rebuild the complex bilateral relationship without including the maritime issue, although the Government of Bolivian President Luis Arce clarified that this demand is "inalienable."

"With the purpose of initiating a dialogue aimed at building mutual trust" the governments of Bolivia and Chile "have been exploring several initiatives of reciprocal interest," reported Bolivian Foreign Minister Rogelio Mayta at a conference in La Paz.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs clarified that this new initiation of dialogue is opened without Bolivia abandoning . . .

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