Javier Sancho Sworn in as the New Costa Rica Ambassador to Nicaragua

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    San Jose – Costa Rica’s foreign ministry, sworn in the new ambassador, Javier Sancho to Nicaragua through the relationship remains tense over territorial disputes for the past 2 years.

    Sancho was appointed to the post as of July 15, but still do not know the precise date on which work started in Managua, Costa Rican Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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    The new ambassador to Nicaragua, who served in recent years as Chief of State Protocol, joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1974 and has held various positions such as Foreign Policy Directorate.

    It has also been the representative of Costa Rica to the Organization of American States (2005-2007), ambassador to Brazil (1994-2001), Korea and Thailand (1987-1990).

    Costa Rica has had no ambassador in Nicaragua for two years after Costa Rica accused Nicaragua of invading its territory, a piece of land in the Caribbean that both countries claim as their own.

    The case was brought by Costa Rica to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, which issued in March 2011 in which precautionary measures ordered both countries to refrain from sending civilian, police or military the disputed area.

    Costa Rica has sent numerous letters of protest to his neighbor for the continued presence in the disputed area of Sandinista youth members and collected evidence for submission to the ICJ, which has not yet ruled.

    Last July the foreign ministry justified the decision to appoint new ambassador saying that Costa Rica needs “an agent in Nicaragua to be the front line of defending our interests.”

    The strained bilateral relations continued to bite in late 2011 when Nicaragua sued Costa Rica before the ICJ for environmental damage to the San Juan River border of Nicaraguan sovereignty during the construction 160 km border trail that runs parallel to the San Juan River, in Costa Rica.


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