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Chilean president rejects Bolivia's demand for negotiations on sea access


Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, left, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, center, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto stroll through a hotel garden while taking a break from the Association of Caribbean States regional summit, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Friday April 26, 2013. Haiti wrapped up the international summit on Friday that brought together six presidents from the region who all signed an agreement that called for an end to the U.S. embargo against Cuba and to help the region better prepare for disasters. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery) (The Associated Press)

Chile's president says the U.N.'s top court should reject Bolivia's demand for talks on giving it access to the sea.

In an interview with The Associated Press, President Sebastian Pinera says a court ruling in Bolivia's favor would open an international "Pandora's box" that might lead to a review of Mexico's border with the United States, or that of France with Germany.

Land-locked Bolivia this past week asked the International Court of Justice in The Hague to force Chile to negotiate over Bolivia's claim to at least part of the 240-mile (400-kilometer) strip of Pacific Coast that it lost in a 19th century war. Chile argues the issue was long ago settled by treaty.

Pinera spoke Saturday while returning from a summit in Haiti.