• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Costa Rica road project continues despite Nicaragua protest

December 14, 2011

President Laura Chinchilla said Tuesday afternoon that the construction of a 150-kilometer road south of the Río San Juan will continue as planned, despite protests from the Nicaraguan Foreign Ministry.

“My government will continue to execute the projects that will improve the living conditions of the people in the [border] region,” Chinchilla said at a weekly press conference. “It is our sovereign right to do so.”

On Nov. 29, Manuel Coronel Kautz, Nicaragua’s foreign vice minister, sent a diplomatic protest to Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo concerning the road construction. Coronel wrote that Costa Rica is “causing environmental damage” and “destroying the flora and fauna” in the river region and asked for an immediate halt to the project.

Coronel and Samuel Santos, Nicaragua’s foreign minister, also claim the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry never alerted Nicaragua of the road construction near the Río San Juan, which serves as the international border between the two countries. Last week, Coronel asked the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry for an explanation.

“We don’t have to give any explanation to the government of Nicaragua in relation to [the road],” Chinchilla said, “particularly not when they are the ones refusing to abide by the measures requested by the International Court of Justice at The Hague.”

The new road will connect the northern border town of Los Chiles to the delta region, where the Sarapiquí River meets the Río San Juan in northeast Costa Rica. Chinchilla said that 2,500 families would benefit from the road.

You may be interested

Six arrested in Costa Rica with 1.1 metric tons of cocaine
Costa Rica
1432 views
Costa Rica
1432 views

Six arrested in Costa Rica with 1.1 metric tons of cocaine

AFP and The Tico Times - March 6, 2021

Costa Rican authorities seized 1.1 metric tons of cocaine and detained six men — four Colombians and two Costa Ricans…

One year after first case, Costa Rica to broadcast Covid memorial
Costa Rica
1222 views
Costa Rica
1222 views

One year after first case, Costa Rica to broadcast Covid memorial

The Tico Times - March 5, 2021

Costa Rica confirmed its first coronavirus case on March 6, 2020. By the end of the month, the country had…

Stress-related dental problems rising due to COVID: More patients choose Costa Rica dental tourism
Dental Tourism
2712 views
Dental Tourism
2712 views

Stress-related dental problems rising due to COVID: More patients choose Costa Rica dental tourism

James Madigan / Costa Rica Dental Guide - March 5, 2021

According to a recent report by the American Dental Association, the vast majority of dentists indicate that the prevalence of…