The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Ampuero, called on the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, to abide by the judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, which in its ruling determined, by 12 votes to 3, that Chile has no obligation to negotiate with Bolivia a sovereign exit to the Pacific Ocean.
"The ruling of the International Court of Justice is respected. There would be 3 messages for President Evo Morales from Chile. First, President Evo Morales, abide by the judgment of the International Court of Justice. Second request, Mr. President Evo Morales, abide by the judgment of the highest instance of international justice. And the third message is the same: abide by the judgment," said the Secretary of State, prior to his participation in the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, where he went with agent Claudio Grossman to explain the details of the ICJ ruling.
"President Morales, Bolivia, went to the International Court of Justice, sued Chile, threw away relations with Chile and is now reaping what he himself sowed," said the Foreign Minister, adding that "Chile is a country that respects international law, that respects the treaties it signs and that makes them be respected and that also strictly respects what the International Court of Justice judgement is".
"When one invokes and addresses the International Court of Justice so that it may render justice, so that it may exercise justice and make known its verdict on a lawsuit, what one obviously hopes is that fundamentally those who have appealed to the Court will abide by that decision of international justice. This is the highest Court that exists within our planet and therefore it is incumbent upon us to abide by it. That is the highest level, it is unappealable, and what corresponds is to abide by this decision," he concluded.