Laura Chinchilla said today in a press conference that Nicaragua has opened two channels or waterways on Portillos Island, a territory disputed by both countries. Photographs of the area show two waterways that unite San Juan river, which belongs to Nicaragua, with the Caribbean Sea, passing through Costa Rican territory.
In addition, the pictures revealed the flag of Nicaragua on the site, which the International Court of Justice forbade along with militarists, officials and civilians. The only people allowed in the area are members of the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment, which must vigilant and protect the territory.
The president of Costa Rica assured that Nicaragua’s actions revealed a flagrant disrespect for international right and Costa Rica’s sovereignty. Thus, she will resort to the General Assembly of the United Nations in order to let them know about this situation.
On the other hand, a representative of Nicaragua denied the charges and stated that Costa Rica “made everything up”
In the mean time, Costa Rica will send a group of specialists on environmental Conservation from Minae to confirm the facts and gather more evidence.
The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
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