September 26th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The Government of Costa Rica is promoting a “fantasy” of an “expansionist” Nicaragua because Costa Rica wants to “rearm itself” and rebuild a conventional Army, said Jacinto Suarez, president of the Foreign Commission of Nicaragua’s Congress on Tuesday.
Suarez, who is also the Foreign Relations Secretary for the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) said that the government of President Laura Chinchilla aims to revive the old Costa Rica Army, which has been disbanded since 1948.
“Costa Rica wants to create fantasies to justify their intentions to rearm. What they want is for people to think that ‘poor Costa Rica’ needs to rearm itself to defend itself against the supposed danger of its neighbor Nicaragua,” Suarez said.
Suarez’s comments come in response to recent statements by Costa Rican Foreign Minister, Enrique Castillo, who charged Nicaragua of having an “expansionist policy” by granting oil concessions in the Caribbean Sea, in waters Costa Rica claims as its own.
Castillo said at the time that Costa Rica should “think seriously about strengthening the police in order to be able to defend national sovereignty.”
According to Castillo, the Costa Rican civil police “need to be strengthened, given the means to effectively defend our land, our sovereignty; it will take time, but the sooner we start the better.”