UPDATE: Bolivia – Chile and the International Court of Justice’s ruling with Carlos Mesa shining!

Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 12.05.51 PMThe International Court of Justice has taken under consideration the Bolivia -Chile pending problem and has issued: Obligation to Negotiate Access to the Pacific Ocean (Bolivia v. Chile) – Judgment of 24 September 2015.

Last week, former President of Bolivia, Carlos D. Mesa was invited to attend an interview in one the most representative programs that Chilean television has… it was the best scenario to portray the quality and clarity of our claim. Lead by the sapience of Mesa, members of the Chilean congress, are now questioning that invitation. Bolivia shined big time!

There are a number of articles that developed and my task was to place the best possible in this post, I only translated an important paragraph and leave the link of the full article in Spanish:

From El Diario:

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“Always placing everybody in the same bag,without separating the good and ethical, contributes to a wrong assessment of a guild [lawyers] in the history of Bolivia, always contributed to excellent professionals in the service of the country and an example of this point is what happened in the International Court of Justice where lawyers defended the interests of Bolivia and the political take the leverage of that work to appear in newspapers and photographs, so that later on, with absolute certainty, will continue defaming all lawyers in general.”


From Claudio Ferrufino in El Dia:

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“More than cautious, let’s be honest. We gain nothing. Or think in Chile but in us because, as always, we are handled by tricksters, who could dress in any way they want, red or blue, they are charlatans.”


An Editorial from Pagina Siete:

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“Fortunately, the Bolivian argument has managed to position the idea that open dialogue is the best bet to solve this historical dispute and although Chile is leaning to regain its position of inflexibility and authoritarianism, Bolivia has gained an unbeatable international support. The presence and voice of the president and spokesman for the maritime cause, Carlos Mesa, reinforces this concept precisely.”


Ilya Fortun writes in Pagina Siete:

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“The problem in Chile today is that they are not yet able to realize that the scenario has changed and insist on the same position as always, and that placed them in a position that borders on the ridiculous.
And it is that for a long time it worked very well for them, the comfortable position of saying no to everything, while we were lead to believe that they were willing to negotiate sovereign access to the sea, then playing crazy and keep saying no to everything.”


El Dia reports:

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“After the intervention that had held the president and international spokesman for the maritime cause for Bolivia, Carlos Mesa, in The Informant National Television of Chile (TVN) program, the Chamber of Deputies of Chile requested a report from Ricardo Solari, president of the media, to explain why he took the decision to invite Mesa also “to know who covered the costs from Bolivia to Chile and the cost of the stay in Chile for Carlos Mesa.””


Monica Olmos writes in Los Tiempos:

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“From the mind of the more pragmatic student, we could have thought that Mesa was a lethargic agile mind from the effects of the icy highlands, for Chilean TV usually displays [Bolivia] as a chaotic, depressed and repressed landlocked country.

It is possible, that those who invited Carlos Mesa, would have thought he would feel undeterred during the interview in  front of a versed reporter, in a live prime time, with two former Chancellors who were fixed and staring furiously at him, and studio audience; when, in fact, what they did was design the perfect setting for the Bolivian spokesman that felt like a fish in water, talking about a topic that he has dedicated for decades; they also failed to think that the lights of a TV set would make Mesa to show his best display flashes.”


Gonzalo Mendieta writes in Pagina Siete:

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“Inadvertently, with Mesa in Santiago, the country also recalled the ideal of an enlightened patrician. For comparison, Evo Morales is popular breed, with his archetypal portrait as the impregnable macho, heroic male and rustic. And García Linera has mortgaged the intellectual radical chic irradiation by the image of the man with power. Instead, Mesa expresses the dreams -of conservative- of the Bolivian middle classes eager to form their own in the prestige of knowledge.”


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