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New Map Of Nicaragua Includes Disputed Area With Costa Rica

Nicaragua has released a new map that includes as part of national territory in the Caribbean area of the Isla Calero or Harbour Head as it is known in Nicaragua, that Costa Rica considers its own the subject of a dispute between the two countries.

The new map was published online by the Instituto Nicaragüense de Estudios Territoriales (Ineter), which includes as Nicaraguan territory the area claimed by Costa Rica and at the centre of the conflict between the neighbouring countries.

The Ineter indicated that this is the "latest map" of Nicaragua, but at the same time clarified that it is a a "school version".

The unofficial publication of the map show Harbour Head as part of the mouth of the San Juan River in the southeast of Nicaragua

Costa Rica has accused Nicaragua before the International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ), in violation of its territorial sovereignty by maintaining troops in an area that San José says he is Costa Rican territory, considered by Managua as theirs.

Last month before the ICJ Nicaragua maintained that its troops have never invaded Costa Rica and the conflict that Costa Rica is facing of a border nature.

"We have learned that they (Nicaraguans) have their own map that shows their clear intentions to change the border and seize Costa Rican territory", said Costa Rica's vice chancellor, Carlos Roverssi.

Maps of Nicaragua before the conflict started last October, included the caveat that they had sites like Harbour Head, where the border was not defined physically, although included in historical documents.

Roverssi added that Nicaragua want to show a double side with the alleged withdrawl of its troops from the conflict zone and adding the island in the preparation of maps.

The vice-chancellor called the move "typical arrogance of the Ortega government and demonstration of no change in their attitude".

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