The Tacna-Arica Plebiscite Problem

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On March 4, 1925, a little more than a year ago, President Coolidge as Arbitrator handed down an opinion and award for the settlement of the dispute between Chile and Peru as to the future destiny of the provinces of Tacna and Arica. This question has been a cause of serious disagreement between the two countries continuously since the close of the War of the Pacific in 1883. By the Treaty of Ancon which concluded that war it was agreed that a plebiscite should be held in the disputed provinces after ten years. Although frequent and protracted negotiations were carried on between 1892 and 1922, no agreement could be reached as to the terms of the plebiscite. These abortive negotiations kept alive the strong ...

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