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During Bachelet´s administration, Chile offered Bolivia a coastline in the Pacific Ocean.

Map before the War of the Pacific, Iquique was peruvian, and Antofagasta was bolivian.

LA PAZ .- In order to solve their historical differences originated by the war of Chile against Peru and Bolivia, the former chilean President Michelle Bachelet offered  Bolivia a non sovereign enclave of 28 kilometers of coastline in the Pacific Ocean , given that the current chilean president, Sebastián Piñera, dismissed, according to former bolivian deputy foreign minister Hugo Fernandez.

Speaking to the newspaper El Deber, Fernandez said that the offer was “of a small size to Chile, but important for Bolivia.” Meanwhile, the area set in the proposal of the former Head of State, was located in the south of the Quebrada de Camarones and north of Iquique.

The location of the enclave avoided the 1929 Treaty, which states that Chile should consult Peru ( third involved in the Pacific War, 1879) to cede any territory , said Fernandez.

Former Vice Chancellor, who led the negotiations with Chile between 2007 and 2009, made the revelations days before the visit on Monday of the current chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno, to treat a 13-point bilateral agenda that includes the possible bolivian access to the sea.

In the coastal strip, Bolivia had planned to install a port for international trade and erecting a small city, according to Fernandez.

However, “the Chile of Piñera is far less open than in times of Bachelet to discuss a solution to the maritime problem of Bolivia.” Sebastián Piñera wants to deal with access to the sea through a territoriaal corridor, and not through an enclave,” said Former Bolivian diplomat.

When bilateral negotiations came to almost a standstill, Bolivian President Evo Morales and Pinera agreed in January the creation of the High-level Binational Commission to address issues such as the maritime claim of Bolivia.

An interesting question to Mr. Hernández should have been, to find out the reaction of the bolivian President  Evo Morales to the proposal of the former President Bachelet.