UN rules on century-long Peru-Chile dispute

Peru lost a third of its territory to Chile in a war more than 100 years ago, but a court is giving some of it back.

Last updated: 28 Jan 2014 12:03
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The United Nations' highest court has redrawn the maritime border between Chile and Peru, ending a century-long territorial dispute between the two countries.

Judges have confirmed Chile's sovereignty over fishing waters up to 148 kilometres from the coast and has given Peru about 20,000 square kilometres and an additional 28,000 square kilometres of ocean.

Some of the Fishermen who make their living in the sea that Chile will now have to return to its neighbour, Peru, were furious.

Peru lost one third of its territory to Chile in a bitter war more than 100 years ago.

Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports from Arica, Chile.


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