SANTIAGO, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Chilean government will continue to work with Peru despite a territorial dispute which will bring the two sides to court on Mar. 14, Chilean Deputy Foreign Minister Alberto van Klaveren said Sunday.
"We have several shared permanent interests," he said in an interview with local newspaper Mercurio.
Van Klaveren said Chile is worried about intensified fishing activity by Peru in the disputed area, and claimed that "this is not the first time it has happened."
The root of the matter "is the lack of harmonization between fishing regimes," he said. "Our core goal is to achieve a rational use of resources while preserving fish species."
According to the deputy minister, Peru will spend between eight and 12 months on the written presentation of its arguments, after which Chile will spend a similar time in presenting counter arguments.
"After that we will be called up by the judge to agree on a calendar for the presentation of examinations and cross examinations. That is when the oral testimony really begins," he said, adding that the court would rule on the case in four to seven years.