The deadline for Costa Rica and Nicaragua to reach an agreement on the payment of compensation over environmental damage ruled by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ended Friday without any signs of a settlement.
Daniel Ortega said that while his government is willing to compensate Costa Rica, it considers the $6.7 million requested by Costa Rica to be “exaggerated.”
The multi-million-dollar price tag on the damages to the wetlands near the Caribbean border of both countries comes after the International Court of Justice ruled in December 2015 that Nicaragua violated Costa Rica’s sovereignty when it dredged an artificial canal through Isla Calero, also known as Isla Portillos or Harbour Head Island.
Media outlets in Nicaragua on Wednesday reported about the International Court of Justice ruling mostly by citing Nicaraguan representative at The Hague Carlos Argüello, who avoided calling the justices’ final rulings negative for his country and instead referred to them as “balanced.”
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague gave its final ruling Wednesday in Costa Rica’s long-running border dispute with Nicaragua. Here’s what the court found.
The Hague-based International Court of Justice on Friday reported that it will issue a final ruling Dec. 16 on the joined cases raised by Costa Rica and Nicaragua over a series of disputes along the two countries’ border.
Costa Rican officials reported Monday that wetlands near the Nicaraguan border are recovering after suffering damages from dredging work carried out by Nicaragua in disputed territory.
Since its inception, the road project that parallels the San Juan River and the Nicaraguan border has been a political nightmare. But for all its controversy, the road itself has largely been a mystery to the general public.
Costa Rica’s lawyers at The Hague said that Nicaragua had changed its position on numerous occasions throughout the case.
Experts for Nicaragua said the amount of sediment varies between 190,000 and 250,000 tons per year, and that the sediment is reducing the depth of the river in a perpetual process that modifies its geography and makes navigation increasingly difficult.