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World court draws new maritime border between Peru and Chile, carving up rich fishing grounds

FILE - The World Court or International Court of Justice in the Hague, Netherlands ,in this Monday Dec. 3, 2012 file photo. The court will rule Monday Jan. 27 2014 on a dispute between Peru and Chile that centers on thousands of square kilometers of ocean and lucrative fishing grounds but has turned into an issue of national pride for the Latin American neighbors. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
January 27, 2014 - 8:27 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The United Nations' highest court has drawn a new maritime boundary between Peru and Chile, awarding Peru parts of the Pacific Ocean but keeping rich coastal fishing grounds in Chilean hands.

The line drawn by the International Court of Justice on Monday ends decades of debate about how to carve up the fish-rich waters off the coasts of the Latin American neighbours.

Peruvian historian and columnist Nelson Manrique calls the decision an "intelligent verdict" that is "not going to please anyone but it's also not going to bring anyone to fits."

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