Peru redraws sea border with Chile

Nov. 4, 2005 at 2:22 PM
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LIMA, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Peru has redrawn its maritime border with neighboring Chile giving it almost and additional 15,000 square miles of fishing waters in the Pacific.

Chile, which has a historical territorial squabble with Peru, has launched a formal complaint against the move, El Mercurio newspaper reported online Friday.

Peruvian lawmakers voted unanimously Thursday to change the border in their nation's favor, a move than contradicts a 1950's agreement.

The nations have been at odds over their borders since the 19th century when Chile won the Battle of the Pacific, taking Bolivia's access to the sea and a large portion of Peru's coast.

In recent months to countries have been at odds over allegations that Chile sold arms to Ecuador during Peru's war with Ecuador in 1995. Chile denies doing so.

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