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Chile says ready to continue dialogue with Bolivia on sea outlet

04-02-2011 11:21 BJT

SANTIAGO, April 1 (Xinhua) -- Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno Friday said his country is willing to go ahead with dialogue with Bolivia over the latter's demand for an access to the sea amid a dispute that has strained bilateral ties.

"Chile is more than available to talks and follows the entire process needed to solve any issue," Moreno told reporters here.

He said the door to diplomatic talks remains open to Bolivia. "Bolivia is the one that determines which path to take."

Chile and Bolivia began in 2006 a series of talks to find a solution to Bolivia's long-standing demand for a direct access to the sea. Recently Bolivia has been complaining about what it considers as slow progress on the issue.

Bolivian President Evo Morales has ordered the Bolivian military to analyze all treaties with Chile to seek legal documents that would support Bolivia's claim over getting a sea outlet from Chile, and planned to present them to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Morales Friday called on all Bolivians to help search legal arguments to back up Bolivia's demand for an outlet to the sea, which is considered vital for the small landlocked country that lost its direct access to the sea to Chile in 1883.

Bolivia lost a large part of its territory, including its sea outlet, to Chile in the Pacific War from 1879 to 1883.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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