Chapter 6: Colombia - through the Caribbean labyrinth1
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This chapter takes a look at Colombia's rather lengthy process of settling its maritime boundary disputes across two maritime domains; the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. Colombia approached its maritime neighbours in the 1960s and 1970s to settle boundaries before any serious disputes could emerge. One approach favoured by Colombia to alleviate concerns about losing valuable resource-access has been the use of joint zones/regimes, their characteristics varying with each boundary agreement. In turn, Colombia has entered into agreement with six out of its eight maritime neighbours - with an eye towards creating a regional 'precedent' in support of its more complex disputes that remain: with Venezuela and Nicaragua.

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