The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heraldo Muñoz, reported that the Chilean Government presented the International Court of Justice (ICJ), The Hague, with the Memorial of the lawsuit filed against the Plurinational State of Bolivia because of the Silala River.
In Chile, Minister Muñoz delivered a copy of the document to President Bachelet at La Moneda. At The Hague, the State Director of Borders and Boundaries and representative of the country, in this case, Ximena Fuentes, together with the co-agents María Teresa Infante and Juan Ignacio Piña, delivered to the Secretary of the Courthouse the document which contains Chilean arguments.
In its lawsuit, Chile asks the Court to judge and declare that the Silala is an international river that both Chile and Bolivia can use in an equal and reasonable way. It also requests that by "the reasonable way", the courts understand the use that Chile is currently giving to the river.
Furthermore, Chilean representatives asked the Court to declare that Bolivia has the duty to take the appropriate measures to prevent and control the pollution and other harmful circumstances that their own activities in the river may provoke.
This lawsuit was presented to the International Court of Justice on June 6th, 2016. Through it, Chile guards its rights over the Silala River, while Bolivia disregards the international character of the river and declares that they own 100% of the water in it.
"This memoir includes legal and scientific arguments that prove a rather simple reality: Silala River goes across the border between Chile and Bolivia in an entirely natural way, due to the slope and gravity. Therefore, according to the Law, it is an international river", declared Minister Muñoz regarding the submission of the Memorial at The Hague.
The Minister enhance the fact that for almost one hundred years Bolivia recognized the international essence of the river.