Disputes: Islands in the Stream

During a simple ceremony in a small Renaissance palace set in the gardens behind St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Agostino Cardinal Casaroli, the Vatican Secretary of State, presided as representatives of Argentina and Chile signed copies of a document marking the end of almost six years of mediation and decades of mutual hostility. The dispute involved the Beagle Channel, which lies at the southern tip of South America. The settlement clarifies each country's territorial and water rights in the waterway and recognizes Chilean sovereignty over three main channel islands, as well...

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