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Costa Rica Says Nicaragua Adds Insult to Injury, Maintains Diplomacy as Battlefield; ICJ Meets Again on Request for More Measures

LADB Article ID: 79116
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2013-10-17
By: George Rodríguez

Rising tension between Nicaragua and Costa Rica around Isla Portillos has reached new heights, triggered by events developing since last month. On Sept. 17, Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla and Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo broke the news, during the weekly government press conference, that, doubling what it had done at the start of the Isla Portillos dispute, Nicaragua had carved two artificial canals through the area, linking the Río San Juan—which flows eastward next to a major section of the border—to the Caribbean Sea. The two drainage structures—one of them, some 20 to 30 meters wide, the other, half that width, both approximately 200 meters long—were captured in satellite photographs, and some of the images showed a dredge in one of the canals.

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