International court to decide if Chile must negotiate granting a sovereign outlet to the sea, 135 years it claimed Bolivia’s coastline

Sailors patrol a rigging-clad naval headquarters in La Paz. Public buildings fly an ocean-blue flag. Naval bases from Lake Titicaca to the Amazon are daubed with the motto: “The sea is ours by right. To recover it is a duty.”

Throughout landlocked Bolivia, the memory of a coastline lost to Chile in a bloody 19th-century resource conflict is still vivid – as is the yearning to sail the Pacific Ocean once more.

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