Nicaragua claims Colombia is Harassing their Ships
By Dialogo December 06, 2012
The Nicaraguan Army said that the Colombian Naval Force is harassing Nicaraguan fishing boats that are working in the maritime spaces recently granted to Nicaragua by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Caribbean.
“We are informing the Colombian authorities that there should not be any harassment whatsoever,” against Nicaraguan fishing boats operating in the area, confirmed the Army General Julio Avilés, after a meeting with producers in Managua.
Avilés contacted the Colombian authorities after receiving complaints submitted by Nicaraguan fishing companies, who confirmed that Colombian frigates had surrounded their ships in the maritime territories granted by the ICJ.
“Fishing companies’ requests are clear. (…) We are communicating between our naval force and the Colombian naval force in order to kindly (…) advise them that the authority is now exercised in those areas by Nicaragua,” explained Avilés.
On December 3, the president of the Nicaraguan Fishing Chamber (Inpesca), Armando Segura, reported that “there is a harassing and hostile attitude on part of Colombian frigates and helicopters towards Nicaraguan boats working within the maritime boundaries established by the ICJ,” according to the official website “19 de julio.”
Segura stated that although Colombians “have not boarded any ships or arrested any individuals, Nicaraguan crews have the feeling that this is a form of intimidation.” said the media.
On November 19, the ICJ ruled that all isles in the Archipelago of San Andrés belong to Colombia, although a new demarcation was drawn, extending Nicaraguan maritime sovereignty over 90,000 km2 in the Caribbean, an area considered as Colombia territory by the South American nation.
“Once the ruling was passed by the court, that area became Nicaraguan,” claimed Avilés, assuring that Nicaraguan coast guards and helicopters are keeping their presence in the area since November 25.
THE HAGUE RULING IS UNAPPEALEBLE, IN CONCLUSION THE COLOMBIAN GOVERNMENT HAS TO COMPLY WITH THAT DECISION AND RESPECT IT ENTIRELY