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UN court says Chile does not have to grant ocean access to landlocked Bolivia

Bolivia lost its coastline during an 1879-1883 war with its neighbour.

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Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, right, shows clenched fists at the UN World Court (Peter Dejong/AP)

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, right, shows clenched fists at the UN World Court (Peter Dejong/AP)

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, right, shows clenched fists at the UN World Court (Peter Dejong/AP)

The United Nations’ highest court has rejected a request by Bolivia for its judges to order Chile to negotiate a way of granting landlocked Bolivia access to the Pacific Ocean.

International Court of Justice President Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf said on Monday that a string of agreements between the two countries and Chilean statements over the years did not create an obligation on Chile to negotiate access to the ocean for Bolivia.

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The UN World Court (Peter Dejong/AP)

The UN World Court (Peter Dejong/AP)

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The UN World Court (Peter Dejong/AP)

Bolivia lost its only coast to neighbouring Chile during a 1879-1883 war and the nation has demanded ocean access for generations.

But Chile argued in court that its border with Bolivia was settled in a 1904 treaty and that it had no obligation to negotiate.

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