September 18th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The government of Costa Rica announced yesterday that it is considering expanding its charges against Nicaragua before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as a result of a new “invasion” of its territory by its northern neighbor.
President Laura Chinchilla said during a televised press conference yesterday that the government of Nicaragua has begun dredging two new canals through the wetlands surrounding Isla Portillo, territory that Costa Rica claims as its own. Chinchilla said it is an attempt to make a connection between the neighboring San Juan River and the wetlands, “in clear violation of the measures issued by the ICJ.”
“The team of lawyers that Costa Rica has at its call, which have been advising the ongoing litigation at the ICJ, are also considering the new facts [on the ground] and [are considering] a possible additional action,” Chinchilla said.
The government has presented satellite photos as evidence of Nicaragua’s latest incursion into the disputed territory.
Chinchilla said her government has already sent a formal communiqué to the ICJ and the Ramsar Convention (Convention on Wetlands of International Importance).
Chinchilla also said her government was looking to have a meeting with the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Chilean Jose Miguel Insulza, next week.
After informing Costa Ricans of Nicaragua’s latest actions, Chinchilla described her government’s relations with Nicaraguan President, Daniel Ortega as now “very poor.”