Nicaragua’s government denounced Costa Rica before the international community for violating International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) resolution on the border dispute involving both countries.
In a letter, Daniel Ortega’s government accused Costa Rica of breaking ICJ’s precautionary measures, which were dictated on 8th March. Costa Rica was also accused of “systematically violating the disputed area’s airspace”. Meanwhile, the letter informed Nicaragua had completely abided by ICJ’s regulations and that the country tried to dialogue with Costa Rican authorities.
It was also pointed out that Nicaragua is “shocked and worried because the Costa Rican authorities have continued to do hostile declarations against Nicaragua”, even after the ICJ’s ruling.
The Nicaraguan government asked Costa Rica to refrain from doing anything that might “aggravate” the border conflict and demanded the Costa Rican government to properly process requests for navigation of San Juan river.
Nicaragua also criticised the presence of a Costa Rican mission in the area. They argue this decision overlooked Managua’s petition to coordinate the sending of staff in a bilateral meeting to be held next Tuesday in Peñas Blancas.
On 8th March, ICJ authorised Nicaragua to continuo dredging San Juan river and assured the precautionary measures requested by Costa Rica in 2010 were unnecessary.
The conflict between Costa Rica and Nicaragua started on July 2010 when the Nicaraguan government started to dredge San Juan river. Costa Rica considered this as an intrusion and denounced Nicaragua before the American States’ Organisation (OEA) and the ICJ.