President Chinchilla brings her case to United Nations

Surrounded by diplomats concerned about the 100,000 killed in Syria, chemical warfare, the weekend mall massacre in Kenya and the threat of a nuclear attack in the Middle East, President Laura Chinchilla criticized the constant aggression by the government of Nicaragua against Costa Rica.

She also said that Nicaragua had tricked the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

This was perhaps the defining moment of her presidency, seeking international help.

The government of Nicaragua has offered sections of Costa Rican maritime territory for petroleum exploration, she told the U.N. General Assembly. He explained how President Daniel Ortega said he wanted to reclaim Guanacaste and that he continues to dredge in the Isla Calero, which is Costa Rica territory.
She called upon the United Nations to continue being an advocate of peace and to protect the system of international rights.

Each year when the U.N. General Assembly begins its meetings, heads of state traditionally give talks about their problems or to praise the progress their country has made.

Costa Rica will be making contact with other diplomats throughout the week to gain support against Nicaragua.

Meanwhile in New York, demonstrators blanketed the park outside the United Nations headquarters Tuesday to raise awareness on issues ranging from the situation in Syria to Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Some demonstrators just wanted to celebrate. A group of men, for instance, sang the praises of Liberia’s president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Others called for action against repressive governments, for support for ethnic minorities in Sri Lanka and religious minorities in China.

But two focused on Iran’s newly elected President Hassan Rouhani. One wanted him out of office. The other wanted his help.

While some protesters used cartoon-like costumes to draw attention, the symbolism behind them was dead serious. Attesting to this was a large hourglass filled with tiny balls resembling blood. It sent the message that time was running out to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

There, to drive that point home was Ian Bassin, campaign director of the human rights group Avaaz.

“There will have to be a negotiated solution. And the question is whether that happens before more people die or after,” said he.

Bassin organized this protest calling on Rouhani to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama to help end the Syrian conflict.

“On behalf of the lives hanging in the balance and more than one million people around the world, we’re calling on President Rouhani and President Obama to sit down and get to a ceasefire before more lives are lost,” said Bassin.

Just a few meters away, anti-Rouhani protesters urged world leaders not to trust him. Former New York mayor Rudolph Guiliani reminded the crowd that the Iranian president was a nuclear negotiator about a decade ago.

“While Rouhani was negotiating in the past, the Iranian regime was just moving forward with enrichment and with becoming a nuclear power,” said Guiliani.

Protesters also spotlighted Iran’s human rights abuses. They called on the U.N. General Assembly to hold Iran and its leaders accountable for what they said were crimes they were committing against their own people.

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
with wire service reports


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