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Costa Rican and Nicaraguan Governments Will Analyze Security along Shared Border

By Dialogo
March 09, 2012


Representatives of the Costa Rican and Nicaraguan Governments met in San José on March 8 and 9 to analyze security measures along their disputed shared border, the Foreign Ministry in San José announced on March 7.

This is the first meeting of the “Costa Rica-Nicaragua Mechanism for Coordinated Police and Security Activities,” created by the International Court of Justice in The Hague in a ruling issued in March 2011.

The Nicaraguan delegation was headed by the director of the Nicaraguan police, Commissioner Aminta Granera, while the Costa Rican team was headed by Deputy Public Safety Minister Walter Navarro, the Foreign Ministry specified.

The meeting “will be held with the aim of establishing coordinated activities to prevent, monitor, and confront common crime, drug trafficking, transnational organized crime, and any other form of violence or crime” in the area, the official statement prior to the meeting indicated.

A border controversy that arose between the neighbors in 2010 is being decided by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), located in The Hague, which issued a ruling on March 8, 2011, on precautionary measures to prevent the aggravation of the conflict while the underlying issue is being decided.

Among the ICJ’s dispositions was the establishment of a bi-national commission to coordinate police activities to guarantee the security of the area in dispute, with the aim of preventing it from being used by common criminals or drug traffickers.



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