The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The elected president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís, will start a tour of Central America (except Nicaragua) today along with the Dominican Republic, in order to personally invite the leaders of the region to his inauguration on May 8th.
Solis’s agenda indicates that his trip starts Tuesday in Guatemala and El Salvador; continuing on Wednesday to Honduras and Panama, and end on Thursday in the Dominican Republic, after meeting with the presidents of each country.
The only country in the region that is Solís not visiting is Nicaragua, with the chilled relations maintained and border problems, but President Daniel Ortega will receive a formal invitation by diplomatic means, as he assured the president-elect himself.
“I’m not going to talk to President Ortega on this trip that I’m making to Central America to invite other hierarchs because I think that many statements made with respect to Costa Rica are disrespectful and unacceptable in what concerns the issues that are in court at the International Court of Justice (ICJ),” Solis said recently.
Both countries remain estranged since late 2010 when Costa Rica sued their neighbor via the ICJ for an alleged invasion of territory in the Caribbean coast known as Isla Portillos and called Head Harbour by Nicaragua.
A year later, the ICJ Nicaragua filed suit against Costa Rica for alleged environmental damage to the San Juan border river, Nicaraguan sovereignty.
The ICJ handled both cases in a single file.
On February 25, Costa Rica filed another suit in the ICJ against Nicaragua in order that the judges set the maritime boundary between the two countries.
Costa Rica believes that his neighbor is offering oil concessions in the Caribbean and Pacific areas owned by Costa Rica or whose sovereignty is not defined.
After his tour of Central America and Dominican Republic, Solis will be received on Friday by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. ACAN-EFE
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