Thousands of Bolivians joined the annual commemoration of 'National Day of the Sea' in La Paz on Saturday, marking the anniversary when the country lost its coastline to neighbours Chile.

Bolivian president Evo Morales asked Chile to comply with a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, which called on both countries to reach a "solution of goodwill" over Bolivian access to the Pacific Ocean.

However, the ICJ also ruled that Chile was not obliged to negotiate with Bolivia, in a final and binding ruling in October 2018.

The Dia del Mar is celebrated to remember the day on which the South American country lost its 250-mile Pacific coastline, during the 1879-1883 War of the Pacific.

Despite being a landlocked country, Bolivia keeps a small navy and celebrates the Day of the Sea every year.

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