Nations meet not leaving their own country’s soil

The scene Tuesday at the country’s northern border seemed to be something out of a Korean War movie.

Nicaraguan diplomats sat at their own table in Nicaragua. Some 12 feet distant were Costa Rican diplomats also at their own table.

The setup blocked the main access for travelers. Nicaragua closed the border at 7 p.m. Monday. The meeting was at 11 a.m.

The meeting was more theater than action. The main result was that Walter Navarro, vice minister of Seguridad Pública, will meet with his Nicaraguan counterpart on neutral territory in Guatemala May 5.

The topic will be organized crime and drug trafficking. Guatemala and México agreed to serve as negotiators for the discussions between the two countries.

Carlos Roverssi, vice minister of Relaciones Exteriores y Culto, calls the meeting a positive small step.

Costa Rica and Nicaragua are involved in a border dispute miles away at the Isla Calero. One stipulation for the meeting Tuesday was that this topic would not be discussed. The case is being litigated at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands.

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