Foreign ministry preparing for Round Two on Isla Portillos

The country will begin presenting its case against Nicaragua two weeks from today at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands.

The new foreign minister, Enrique Castillo, has inherited the job of overseeing preparation of the case. He was quoted by the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto as saying the preparation has been extensive with a great number of proofs.

In addition, Costa Rica will document what it says were the violations by Nicaragua of temporary measures ordered by the international court.

The case revolves around the incursion by Nicaraguan
troops and workmen into the remote northeastern part of the county. Costa Rica plans to stress the environmental damage done at Isla Portillos and the potential damage due to the efforts to construct a new channel for the Río San Juan by Nicaraguan workmen and a dredge.

Some of the Costa Rican legal team already have left for The Hague.

The incursion of the Costa Rican territory took place in October 2010. Subsequently, the international court ordered both countries to vacate the disputed area and gave Costa Rica the responsibility of taking action to prevent more environmental damage.

Still young members of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista party invaded the island.

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