Costa Rica submitted the report for “Ciertas Actividades de Nicaragua en la Zona Fronteriza (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)” before the International Court of Justice Monday.
The document consisted of one volume of arguments and four volumes of attached evidence. The report outlines legal arguments regarding Nicaraguan violations of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Costa Rica, as well as environmental damage caused by Nicaragua in the area, according to the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto.
The case for Costa Rica is very strong, has great technical detail and contains irrefutable evidence on the territorial rights of Costa Rica, said Enrique Castillo, the foreign minister. “I think the court will be convinced of the
soundness of the national position in the face of the Nicaraguan´s inexplicable actions.”
The documents were delivered to Peace Palace in The Hague.
The case was brought by Costa Rica Nov. 18, 2010. On March 8, 2011, the court issued provisional measures ordering the clearing of the site occupied by Nicaragua and granting Costa Rica environmental stewardship of it. Nicaragua had invaded the Costa Rican territory with the goal of constructing and dredging a new mouth for the Río San Juan, which is the national border.
Subsequently, the court fixed Dec.5 as the deadline for submission of the report by Costa Rica, and Aug. 6, 2012, as the deadline to admit, deny or comment on the charges.