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Agent Ximena Fuentes and Silala Case Team Finish Round of Meetings with International Lawyers and Scientists

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

This Wednesday in London concluded the round of meetings held by Chile's defense team, led by agent Ximena Fuentes, regarding the Silala River trial before the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Along with Ambassador Fuentes were Ambassador María Teresa Infante and Juan Ignacio Piña, both coagents in the case; the executive coordinator of the team, Johanna Klein Kranenberg; the General Legal Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mariana Durney; and the team of national advisors.

The international team included lawyers Sam Wordsworth, Alan Boyle, Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Mara Tignino and Stephen McCaffrey. Scientific experts Howard Wheater and Dennis Peach were also present.

The working days began on Sunday afternoon at the residence of the Ambassador of Chile to Great Britain, David Gallagher. Both that Sunday and Monday the working appointments were headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Ampuero. Subsequently, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the technical meetings of each team were held in the offices of the law firm Essex Court Chambers.

The objective of the meeting was to analyze in depth the countermemorial and countersuit presented by Bolivia last August 31. Thus, at the end of this round of meetings, Ambassador Fuentes said: "As Chancellor Ampuero said, we feel very reassured with the results of the examination we have made of the Bolivian response. The entire team, both national and international lawyers, are even more certain of the strength of Chile's arguments in this case".

After this round of meetings, Agent Fuentes will meet with President Sebastián Piñera and Foreign Minister Ampuero to present the work done in London and decide whether our country will request the Court to submit a replica during the written phase of this case.