The United Nations’ highest court has rejected a request by Bolivia for its judges to order Chile to negotiate a way of granting landlocked Bolivia access to the Pacific Ocean.

International Court of Justice President Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf said Monday that a string of agreements between the two countries and Chilean statements over the years didn’t create an obligation on Chile to negotiate access to the ocean for Bolivia.

Judges enter the U.N. World Court to deliver their verdict on a request by Bolivia for judges to order Chile to enter talks over granting its landlocked neighbor access to the Pacific Ocean, in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Bolivia lost its only coast to neighboring Chile during a 1879-1883 war and the nation has demanded ocean access for generations.

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, left, and Diego Pary, center, greet Chile’s agent Claudio Grossman, right, at the U.N. World Court where judges delivered their verdict on a request by Bolivia for judges to order Chile to enter talks over granting its landlocked neighbor access to the Pacific Ocean, in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

But Chile argued in court that its border with Bolivia was settled in a 1904 treaty and that it had no obligation to negotiate.

Source: The Associated Press

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