The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Costa Rica’s government announced today that it will launch a new lawsuit against Nicaragua before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the alleged unilateral fixing of the maritime boundary between the two countries.

The request will be presented Tuesday at the headquarters of the ICJ in the Netherlands, and as explained by Costa Rican President, Laura Chinchilla, is motivated from the offer made by Nicaragua for areas of exploration and exploitation of oil to international companies.

Costa Rica claims that the maps that Nicaragua endorsed about 15,000 square kilometers of territory in the Caribbean sea and 20,000 miles in the Pacific Ocean that her country believes belongs to Costa Rica.

Chinchilla said that currently there are no fixed boundaries between the two countries, adding that in 2005 Nicaragua left the negotiating process.

Costa Rica’s argument here is that by applying the procedures and international boundaries between states, several of the blocks offered by Nicaragua would be declared part of Costa Rica.

The Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo said that since July last year, Costa Rica saw the maps that Nicaragua offered to the oil companies, and immediately sent a note of protest that was never answered by Managua.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica