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    Chinchilla Accuses Nicaragua of Taking Advantage of Costa Rica´s Disarmed Condition

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)- Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla said today at the UN General Assembly in New York that the country will go as far as necessary to defend its sovereignty regarding the territorial dispute with Nicaragua, but ” always within the framework of international law.”  In addition, she accused the government of Daniel Ortega of “taking advantage” of the fact that Costa Rica is a disarmed country, with no army.

    Today the president met in New York with her counterparts in Colombia and Panama , Juan Manuel Santos and Ricardo Martinelli to address the “expansionist threat ” of Nicaragua, a conflict for which they have expressed ” great concern ” before the United Nations.

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    Chinchilla said that she will use her meeting with the UN general secretry, Ban Ki -moon to discuss this conflict , but added that the purpose of the meeting ” is not asking for mediation ” because she is aware of other crises such as the one in Syria.

    Chinchilla denounced the ” utter disregard ” of Nicaragua towards the rulings of the International Court of Justice (ICJ ) and criticized the ” great gap” existing on international law because the precautionary measures imposed ” can not be enforced when a party disrespects them .

    Today Costa Rica resorted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ ) to ask for new precautionary measures against Nicaragua due to the alleged opening of two channels in a disputed territory , which is a new chapter in a long dispute that has damaged relations.

    In spite of satellite and photographic evidence presented by Costa Rica in recent days , Nicaragua denied having opened new channels in the disputed area and said that they may be the result of heavy rains in the area.

    Chinchilla acknowledged that at this time there is ” absolutely no open channel of communication ” with Nicaragua , but said that both countries have sought to separate the regional agenda of this ” bilateral issue ” in an effort not to jeopardize the process of Central American integration. EFE

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