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Chile chief rejects Bolivia call for border talks

Saturday - 4/27/2013, 2:41pm  ET

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2013 file photo, Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, right, talks to Bolivia's President Evo Morales during the arrival of dignitaries for the CELAC-EU summit in Santiago, Chile. Pinera said on Saturday, April 27, 2013 that the U.N.'s top court should reject Bolivia's demand for talks on giving it access to the sea. Land-locked Bolivia this past week asked the International Court of Justice in The Hague to force Chile to negotiate over Bolivia's claim to at least part of the 240-mile (400-kilometer) strip of Pacific Coast that it lost in a 19th century war. Chile argues the issue was long ago settled by treaty. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, File)

EVA VERGARA
Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Chile's president says the U.N.'s top court should reject Bolivia's demand for talks on giving it access to the sea.

In an interview with The Associated Press, President Sebastian Pinera says a court ruling in Bolivia's favor would open an international "Pandora's box" that might lead to a review of Mexico's border with the United States, or that of France with Germany.

Land-locked Bolivia this past week asked the International Court of Justice in The Hague to force Chile to negotiate over Bolivia's claim to at least part of the 240-mile (400-kilometer) strip of Pacific Coast that it lost in a 19th century war. Chile argues the issue was long ago settled by treaty.

Pinera spoke Saturday as he returned from a summit in Haiti.


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