Foreign ministry seeks $1.7 million diplomatic war chest

The foreign ministry is budgeting 850 million colons to continue its diplomatic effort against the Nicaraguan invasion of the Isla Calero, a vice minister said Tuesday. That is about $1.7 million.

The vice minister, Carlos Roverssi Rojas, presented the ministry’s proposal to legislators of the Comisión Permanente de Asuntos Hacendarios, which will create the budget for next year.

Roverssi also said that the ministry, the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto, needs about 30 million or
about $60,000 for engineers to plan and electricians to rewire its main building. The structure, Casa Amarilla, dates from the 1920s. He told lawmakers that studies show there is a high risk of fire in the structure he said was considered the most beautiful in the country

Nicaraguan troops invaded the island in northeastern Costa Rica in October. Costa Rica eventually brought a case in the International Court of Justice in the Hague where judges issued a temporary order restricting both countries from occupying the land pending a decision.

Nicaragua withdrew its troops, but young Nicaraguan activists have been seen setting up housing on the island.

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