October 2nd, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague will hold a new hearing on the ongoing territorial conflict between Costa Rica and Nicaragua between October 14th and 17th, President Laura Chinchilla announced yesterday.
Chinchilla said during a press conference that the Court summoned the parties to a new hearing after the Government of Costa Rica asked the Court last week to issue new precautionary measures over the dispute between the countries over Isla Portillos.
The case has been before the ICJ since 2010, when Costa Rica denounced an alleged invasion of the territory by Nicaraguan forces.
In 2011, the ICJ issue several precautionary measures that prevented the two countries from entering the territory, but Costa Rican authorities insist that Nicaragua has not abided by the measures.
Two weeks ago, President Chinchilla accused Nicaragua last month of constructing two new channels in the area, “causing significant environmental damage” in the protected wetland.
Costa Rican Foreign Minister, Enrique Castillo, said Costa Rica would insist on the need to force Nicaragua to vacate the area. According to Costa Rica, Nicaraguan military personnel remain on the island.
Chinchilla also pressed for action on the issue during her speech last week at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.