Cablegate: Congress Passes, Toledo Promulgates New Law On
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UNCLAS LIMA 004733
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL EWWT PE CI
SUBJECT: CONGRESS PASSES, TOLEDO PROMULGATES NEW LAW ON
REF: A. SANTIAGO 2266
B. LIMA 4673
C. LIMA 4662
D. SANTIAGO 2240
1. President Alejandro Toledo, on 11/3, promulgated the Law
on Peruvian Maritime Domain Boundary Lines (Ley de Lineas de
Base del Dominio Maritimo del Peru), hours after the measure
passed Congress unanimously (98-0). The new law was
published in the official "Legal Norms" on 11/4 and enters
into effect on 11/5. Embassy's unofficial translation
follows. Embassy will email copies of the law and annexes to
WHA/AND and Embassy Santiago on 11/9, once it becomes
available on the "Legal Norms" webpage (www.elperuano.com.pe).
2. Begin Text: LAW ON PERUVIAN MARITIME DOMAIN BOUNDARY LINES
Article 1 - Purpose of the Law. In compliance with Article
54 of the Peruvian Constitution and in accordance with
international law, this law establishes the boundary lines
from which to measure the extent of the national maritime
domain up to the distance of two hundred nautical miles
within which the Peruvian State exercises sovereignty and
Article 2 - Determination of the Boundary Lines. The
boundary lines are determined by the geographic coordinates
included in Annex 1, beginning in the North at geographic
coordinates 03 degrees 23'33.06 S latitude, 80 degrees
19'16.31 W longitude (WGS84 03 degrees 23'32.10 S latitude,
80 degrees 18'49.29 W longitude), and ending in the South at
WGS84 coordinates 18 degrees 21'08 S latitude, 70 degrees
22'39 W longitude, included in the six charts of Annex 2 of
Article 3 - Consideration as Interior Waters. In conformity
with international law, waters found within the boundary
lines established by Article 1 of this law form part of the
interior waters of the State.
Article 4 - Outer Boundary. In conformity with the Peruvian
Constitution, the Peruvian outer maritime domain is drawn
such that each point of the aforementioned outer boundary
lies two hundred nautical miles from the nearest point of the
inner boundary line, applying the delimitation criteria
stipulated by international law.
Article 5 - Cartographic Survey of the Outer Boundary. The
Executive Branch is responsible for compiling the cartography
corresponding to the outer boundary in accordance with that
which has been stipulated in Article 4 of this law.
Article 6 - Annexes 1 and 2 are part of the Law. Annexes 1
and 2 are integral parts of the present law.
Article 7 - Effectiveness. This law will come into effect on
the day following its publication in the "El Peruano"
official daily, and any previous legal provision which is
contrary to the norms contained in this law, are
correspondingly repealed, without effect or modified.
3. The annexes cited in the law consist of the geographic
coordinates of 266 locations in Peru from which the inner
boundary line is to be drawn, as well as six maps of portions
of the Peruvian seacoast.