Costa Rica and Nicaragua engage in tit-for-tat over regional integration

May 22, 2009

The Costa Rican government moved this week to defend its upcoming post as president pro tempore of the Central American Integration System (SICA) amid calls from Nicaragua to skip Costa Rica in favor of Guatemala.

Costa Rica refuted what it called the “hostile” remarks from Nicaraguan Foreign Vice Minister Manuel Coronel Kautz in an ongoing tit-for-tat between the two nations over who should assume SICA´s rotating presidency once Nicaragua´s turn ends in July.

“Costa Rica regrets the disrespectful, inappropriate and hostile language in statements made by the high Nicaraguan government official,” said a statement from Costa Rica´s Foreign Ministry.

Referring to the prospect of Costa Rica at the helm of SICA, Coronel on Monday said, “We can´t afford to put Central American integration at risk.”

For its part, Costa Rica´s Foreign Ministry said the determination of who presides over SICA “is not in anyone´s unilateral authority” to decide, “but rather corresponds to geographical order.”

However, critics point out the Costa Rican government has been a recalcitrant member of Central American initiatives, refusing to participate in the Central American Court of Justice, the Central American Parliament or the CA-4 immigration initiative.

President Oscar Arias last week expressed frustration with SICA, which has been under Nicaragua´s watch for the past six months. “My experience is that these meetings are not good; the agendas are not made to address the principal problems facing Central American countries,” Arias said in statements published in the Costa Rican daily La Prensa Libre.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Costa Rica approves law against child abuse prepared by alleged victims of priest
Costa Rica
1 views
Costa Rica
1 views

Costa Rica approves law against child abuse prepared by alleged victims of priest

AFP and The Tico Times - April 24, 2019

Costa Rica’s congress approved on Tuesday a bill that extends the statute of limitations for the crime of sexual abuse…

International drug rehab in Costa Rica with the Costa Rica Treatment Center
Sponsored content
8 views
Sponsored content
8 views

International drug rehab in Costa Rica with the Costa Rica Treatment Center

The Tico Times - April 24, 2019

Costa Rica Treatment Center understands the process of addiction recovery from personal experience. Their evidence-based treatment programs are engineered to…

Costa Rica meets with Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to discuss Nicaragua, Venezuela, indigenous rights
Costa Rica
11 views
Costa Rica
11 views

Costa Rica meets with Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to discuss Nicaragua, Venezuela, indigenous rights

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 23, 2019

Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Manuel Ventura Robles, met with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) this week…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!