Argentina and Chile have resumed talks on a territorial dispute concerning three small islands in the Beagle Channel, which connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans near the tip of South America.
Argentina and Chile have resumed talks on a territorial dispute concerning three small islands in the Beagle Channel, which connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans near the tip of South America. Delegations from the two countries have been meeting periodically since May to try to settle their conflicting territorial claims, and when talks broke down last month, it was feared was could break out over the issue. The latest round of talks is being held in the Argentinian embassy in the Chilean capital, Santiago.
SYNOPSIS: The dispute intensified late last year after an International Tribunal awarded the islands to Chile. Argentina rejected the verdict claiming the decision was based on historical and geographical errors. The Chilean delegation, headed by General Jorge Etcheverry Bonino, arranged for new negotiations to be held in their own country after ending last month's talks in Buenos Aires with a walkout. They said Argentina's proposals were unacceptable.
There are strong claims for possession because of the islands' potentially rich resources of oil and fish. After last month's breakdown Argentina showed the strength of its interest by immediately staging naval exercises in the area, including a mock landing of marines. But both sides say they are hopeful of a compromise before the agreed deadline of November the 2nd.