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Monday, November 15, 2010

Nica-Tico Border Dispute Update -1

The Nicaragua-Costa Rica tiff over disputed territory along the San Juan River in northeastern Costa Rica is receiving scant attention in the English-language press.

GSM is following the developments closely. Here are the latest headlines translated from the Spanish-language press:

Rechaza México las aseveraciones del Presidente de Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega
Mexico categorically rejects the unfounded allegations made moments ago by the President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, in his speech on the dispute with Costa Rica...

Costa Rica denuncia amenaza de Ortega sobre navegación en río Colorado

Costa Rica denounces Ortega's threat about navigation on Colorado River
... Announcing yesterday that it will ask the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, free navigation on the Colorado River. (The Colorado River runs near the Calero Island, at the heart of the dispute).

Ortega irá a la CIJ y dice saldrá de la OEA

Ortega to go to International Court of Justice (ICJ), says leaving OAS
Nicaragua will go to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to ''denounce Costa Rica for occupying Nicaraguan territory," and reiterated it would not withdraw troops guarding the border.

Ortega arremete de nuevo contra Colombia en disputa con Costa Rica

Ortega lashes out against Colombia in dispute with Costa Rica
The Nicaraguan president accused the country of spearheading an international conspiracy against Managua ... "promoting an expansionist policy in the Caribbean Sea."
It is obvious Nicaragua is not going to back down anytime soon. The dispute between Managua and San José has nothing to do with an error on Google maps. Ortega relishes the bad boy role for ALBA (the Chavista gang in Latin America) in bullying the unarmed nation of Costa Rica. Now, he lashes out at Colombia and prattles about conspiracies.

It is time for the remaining democratic countries in the region to speak up and pressure Ortega to relent.

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