Colombian President Santos Will Not Apply the ICJ Ruling

By Dialogo
December 03, 2012

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos stated that he will not apply the ruling by which the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of The Hague set new boundaries with Nicaragua on November 19.

“This ruling has violated several rights of Colombians, so I am not going to apply it until the advocacy of those rights is guaranteed,” said Santos in Bogotá, during a meeting with mayors from across the country.

The head of state also added that his government will deal with the situation created by the ICJ “decisively and conclusively.”

The ICJ resolved a dispute between Bogotá and Managua over the Archipelago of San Andrés by determining that all isles, islets and keys belong to Colombia, while extending Nicaraguan maritime sovereignty in the Caribbean, with an unappealable ruling.

Under the new demarcation, the Colombian keys of Serrana and Quitasueño are inside Nicaraguan maritime jurisdiction, something rejected by Bogotá in what Colombia considers an error made by the Court.

The government assures that the ruling has “inconsistencies in the new demarcation,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs María Ángela Holguín stated when denouncing the Pact of Bogotá on November 27.

Under this pact signed in 1948, the country agreed to settle its disagreements with other nations bordering the region at the United Nation’s court.