Costa Rica denounces latest Nicaraguan “invasion” of Portillo wetlands

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President Laura Chinchilla (archive photo)

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.”

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  • Frank Castle

    If you look at this whole series of events over the last few years since the Sandinista’s have come back into power, it has been Nicaragua that has been the aggressor in each one of these incidences. What will it take for Costa Rica to understand that they need some kind of trained, even small, professional, border guards to REPEL these Sandinista thugs. Over the last several years prior to Daniel Ortega and his cabal coming back into power, it was tranquil along the San Juan River and relations were cordial between the two countries. But since Danny Boy has been in power, he has been belligerently pushing on Costa Rica and trying to nibble away at their northern border. Just lately with his statements about going to the World Court to try to make Guanacaste part of Nicaragua is outrageous and dangerous.

    Costa Rica is a peaceful country and hasn’t been trying to STEAL territory from its neighbors. With a far left President in the USA at present, the USA isn’t a reliable friend to prevent these kind of bellicose actions by the country just to the north. Costa Rica NEEDS to defend itself, with a trained force military force, yes, a military force. Times change but self defense is always in fashion!