Nicaragua files lawsuit against Costa Rica with UN World Court

December 23, 2011

THE HAGUE – Nicaragua on Thursday filed proceedings with the UN’s highest court against Costa Rica over a road near their disputed border Managua says is causing serious environmental damage, the court said Thursday.

“Nicaragua contends that Costa Rica is carrying out major construction works along most of the border area between the two countries with grave environmental consequences,” the International Court of Justice said in a statement.

“Costa Rica’s unilateral actions … threaten to destroy the San Juan de Nicaragua River and its fragile ecosystem, including the adjacent biosphere reserves and internationally protected wetlands that depend upon the clean and uninterrupted flow of the River for their survival,” said Nicaragua’s application, quoted by the ICJ.

The application lists a number of degradations such as the dumping of sediments in the river and the felling of trees.

Managua explains it decided to take the matter before the UN court because Costa Rica had violated Nicaragua’s territorial integrity and demands its neighbor be forced to cease construction and pay for damages.

The ICJ in March issued a ruling on another border spat urging the two neighbors to refrain from deploying or maintaining any military or civilian personnel in a disputed area.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Alajuelense eliminated in the Costa Rican Clausura
Soccer
3 views
Soccer
3 views

Alajuelense eliminated in the Costa Rican Clausura

AFP and The Tico Times - April 21, 2019

Liga Deportiva Alajuelense tied 2-2 against the reigning champion, Club Sport Herediano, and was eliminated from the semifinals of the…

Costa Rica bets on ending fossil fuel use by 2050
Climate Change
27 views
Climate Change
27 views

Costa Rica bets on ending fossil fuel use by 2050

Marco Sibaja / AFP - April 21, 2019

Eric Orlich and his wife Gioconda Rojas own two electric vehicles, which they charge at home in the garage thanks…

Pic of the Day: Costa Rica’s Isla Nublar (aka Cocos Island)
Pic of the Day
97 views
Pic of the Day
97 views

Pic of the Day: Costa Rica’s Isla Nublar (aka Cocos Island)

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 18, 2019

Isla Nublar, the setting for much of the "Jurassic Park" series, is unfortunately not a real Costa Rican island. Cocos…

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