July 24th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, demanded yesterday that Nicaragua respect Costa Rica’s sovereignty in its bid to open concessions for offshore oil exploration in that country, adding that Nicaragua is “practically selling their country.”
“It is very clear that Nicaragua is practically selling their country. If they want to do that with their country, do it with their country, but respect the boundaries and sovereignty of Costa Rica,” Chinchilla said while touring the province of Guanacaste in preparation for the annual July 25th holiday that celebrates the province’s annexation.
The president described as “an abuse, and excessive contempt for sovereignty” Nicaragua’s plans to offer oil concessions in waters Costa Rica considers its own.
The Costa Rican Foreign Ministry on Monday sent a letter of protest to Nicaragua over the situation.
Nicaragua has already negotiated a contract with the U.S. firm, Noble Energy, and says that the Spanish firm Repsol will also begin drilling next month.
Maritime boundaries between the two countries are not well defined, after negotiations on the subject ended in 2005. Costa Rica claims Nicaragua unilaterally walked away from the negotiations.
Costa Rica said on Monday that Nicaragua is not informing potential bidders that certain maritime zones are disputed between the countries, or claimed by Costa Rica outright.
Costa Rica said it would be sending a communiqué to governments and oil companies throughout the world informing them of its position.