August 30th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Nicaraguan President, Daniel Ortega, invited Costa Rica to join the Central American Parliament (Parlamento Centroamericano, also known as Parlacen) this week. Costa Rica is the only country in the region that is not part of the organization.
“The people of Central America, the Panamanians, the Dominicans are [all] represented in Parlacen. We’re only missing our sister Costa Rica,” Ortega said at the closing Central American and Caribbean Conference of Political Parties on Wednesday.
Ortega said that Costa Rica’s participation in Parlacen was necessary for the success of the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union.
“When blacks were treated like slaves in the United States, who would have imagined that 50 years later [the United States] would have a black president? I’m sure we will not have to wait 50 years for Costa Rica to be incorporated into the Central American Parliament, it will be much sooner,” Ortega said.
Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister, Enrique Castillo described Ortega’s invitation as another “gesture of hostility,” saying that Costa Rica would in no way be part of the political body.
“[The invitation] is a gesture of hostility from President Ortega. Costa Rica would join [Parlacen] only if there is a change that makes it useful for Central American integration,” Castillo said.
Currently, the Central American Parliament consists of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic.