The legislature Thursday gave approval for 46 U.S. Coast Guard boat to enter Costa Rican waters. Two lawmakers vote against the request that have been advance by the security ministry. Some 43 voted in favor.
These are the boats that may be on patrol in both oceans for anti-drug duty. Although 46 boats were listed by name in the petition from the security ministry, only a fraction will actually dock for shore leave and resupply in the county.
The U.S. Coast Guard boats are less controversial than
U.S. Navy ships. Both types are on patrol, but lawmakers are less inclined to give permission to what they see as ships of war. That matter still is pending.
The Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública made the request that had been forwarded by the U.S. Embassy. The Costa Rican Constitution prohibits foreign military vessels from entering Costa Rican waters or docking unless there is prior approval from the legislature.
This is a routine request that is made every six months, but leftist members of the legislature had seized on this issue to how their independence.