Did the ICJ Really Call the Bolivian Application Against Chile “Impeccable”?
This report out of Prensa Latina in Havana suggests that the ICJ has expressed some sort of positive opinion on quality of Bolivia’s case against Chile.
In a press conference, [Bolivian Foreign Minister] Choquehuanca announced the International Court notified Chile on the start of the process and reasserted the Bolivian will of not affecting the bilateral relations with Chile. He also said the Court regarded the Bolivian demand as impeccable, and he expressed his trust in a favourable resolution for Bolivia.
(Emphasis added). Now there are no doubt some translation issues here, and Prensa Latina is not exactly the most authoritative source. But it does seem like the Bolivian Foreign Minister is suggesting that the ICJ, in its routine acceptance of an application by a member state, expressed some opinion about the nature and quality of Bolivia’s substantive case. I am sure this is NOT the case, since the Court’s Registrar is only functioning in an administrative capacity here. So if the Foreign Minister did in fact say what Prensa Latina reported, his statement is very misleading. Hey, ICJ Press Office! I think you should issue a statement or something.