- Title: Morales optimistic following border agreements with Chile
- Date: 26th July 2017
- Summary: LA PAZ, BOLIVIA (JULY 26, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF PRESIDENTIAL PALACE IN LA PAZ, QUEMADO PALACE
- Embargoed: 9th August 2017 20:19
- Keywords: Bolivian President Evo Morales bilateral relations Chilean President Michelle Bachelet
- Location: LA PAZ AND SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA
- City: LA PAZ AND SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA
- Country: Bolivia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016RCV60Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Bolivian President Evo Morales spoke of a "new relationship" established with Chile on Wednesday (July 26) following results of a border committee meeting held in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz a day before.
Morales called agreements from that meeting and the drafting of the Santa Cruz declaration, 'a very important step' forward during a news conference at the Presidential, Quemado Palace in capital La Paz.
Morales said that Chilean presidential candidate Marco Enriquez-Ominami had suggested lifting their demands at the Hague to retake a direct negotiation between both countries. Two more border committee meetings will take place on Aug. 10 and Oct. 25, according to local media reports.
Bolivia has an ongoing demand that Chile grant the landlocked country coastal territory. Chile and Bolivia have long had thorny relations, starting with a war in the 19th century that left Bolivia landlocked.
In recent years, the two nations have confronted each other at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
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