The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heraldo Muñoz, met today with the Agent in the International Court of Justice at The Hague regarding the case of obligation to negotiate, Claudio Grossman. At the encounter, they went through the draft of the Rejoinder which, according to the Minister, will be submitted in the ICJ before September 21st.
"It was a very pleasant meeting because I fully trust Agent Grossman, co-agents María Teresa Infante and Alfonso Silva and the national and international team of lawyers, whom I am sure will present a document, in this case a Rejoinder, that is robust, convincing and has both juridical and historic arguments", he pointed out.
"I have expressed my remarks on the final draft and it will be perfected in a meeting in London" explained the Minister, adding that "after that, begins the printing of the document, which concludes the written phase of this trial at The Hague".
The Secretary of State asserted that he is "confident in the quality of the content, in the thoroughness of the document I have examined" and he pointed out that the Rejoinder "answers every Bolivian argument and elaborates a thesis regarding the fact that here has never been an obligation to negotiate in Chile's part and that diplomatic conversations do not constitute obligations, for obligations have to be explicit".