The government of Nicaragua announced that it will respect the opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague at the public hearings on Tuesday on precautionary measures filed by Costa Rica.
The hearing will take place in the context of litigation between the two Central American nations by a border zone.
Nicaraguan president, Daniel Ortega, stressed that his country has always respected the judgments of the international tribunal.
He also recalled that in 2009 “the same court ruled that Nicaragua had the right to dredge the river San Juan.”
The president said that Nicaragua has not occupied the island Calero, a territory located between the mouth of San Juan and Colorado rivers.
And he reiterated that they had not installed a Nicaraguan military base in that area either, as it was claimed by Costa Rica.
He said his country only carries out patrols in the area to combat drug trafficking.
The conflict between Costa Rica and Nicaragua began in mid-July 2010. The Nicaraguan government began dredging the river San Juan, which was considered by Costa Rica to be a violation of their space.
Last August, Costa Rica denounced Nicaragua to the Organization of American States (OAS). During the first weeks of 2011, the border dispute was brought to the international court.
The Hague tribunal in 2009 ruled the sovereignty of Nicaragua over the San Juan river and the right to regulate navigation.
The court also determined that Costa Rica can navigate the affluent for commercial fees.
Story courtesy of Agencia Pulsar, a news agency run by AMARC-ALC network of community radios.