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Bolivia, Chile: Sea Access and Silala River

Categories: Latin America, Bolivia, Chile, International Relations

Miguel A. Buitrago describes the marked improvement in diplomatic relations [1] between Bolivia and Chile despite to delicate and long-standing issues of dissension. Otra Expresión (now located here [ES] [2]) recently cited a survey [ES] [3] by the Chile daily El Mercurio which found that 60% of respondents favored a solution in which Bolivia gains access to the sea. 47% believe Bolivians should have access to port facilities, 13% think their neighbor should be given a strip of coastal land, while 33% of respondents say that no coastal access should be given.