Foreign minister heading for U.N. meeting Monday

The country’s foreign minister travels to New York Monday to meet with United Nations officials to discuss the invasion by Nicaraguan troops.

Minister Castro speaks with concerned citizens. Photo: Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto

The minister, René Castro, will be seeking yet another international organization as an ally in confronting the expansionist-minded government in Managua. In New York he will meet with members of the U.N. Secretariat the Security Council, said the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto.

Castro is trying to get Nicaraguan troops withdrawn from the Isla Calero, Costa Rican territory, and halt the construction of a new channel and mouth for the Río San Juan. The bulk of his efforts relate to environmental damage.

Among other things, Castro will have to counter the claims that the situation is one of a boundary dispute that could be settled by negotiations. The situation is an invasion, but Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has muddied the waters to characterize the issue as a boundary claim with legitimate arguments on both sides.

Castro already has received backing from the Organization of American States and has achieved a Jan. 11 hearing before the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Initially Castro wants the International Court of Justice to issue a restraining order against further digging on the island.

Ortega rejects both the advice of the Organization of American States and the jurisdiction of the Hague court. The United Nations is the only organization that has access to military forces.

Castro also has appealed the case to the secretariat of the international convention on wetlands because the Island has been specified as a protected area under the treaty.

Wednesday Castro met with citizens who wanted to hear more about the situation. He met with environmentalists Tuesday.

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