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Nicaraguan President Insists On Reclaiming Costa Rican Territory

By: PanAm Post Staff - Sep 4, 2013, 11:39 pm

For the second time, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has asserted his desire to regain control over the province of Guanacaste from Costa Rica. It was a part of Nicaragua until 1824, when it was voluntary annexed to Costa Rica.

Ortega has warned that he will take his claim to the International Court of Justice at the Hague, if Costa Rica does not relinquish the territory. He disputes the history of the region and believes his immediate southern neighbor country won that territory by force of arms, not by any international court statement.

After Ortega’s first threat, on August 22, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla marched from Nicoya province’s Court of Justice to San Blas Church to protest against the Nicaraguan President’s threats.

In an interview with Fernando del Rincón in CNN en Español, Chinchilla mentioned that Ortega had jeopardized the peaceful coexistence of their nations and threatened the sovereignty of the territories at stake.

Sources: TicoTimesRead More »