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OAS Secretary General Welcomes Attempts to Renew Dialogue between Costa Rica and Nicaragua

  December 16, 2010

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today welcomed the disposition of Mexico and Guatemala as facilitators in the attempts to renew dialogue between Costa Rica and Nicaragua regarding their differences on the situation between the two countries in the border area of the San Juan River.

The head of the hemispheric Organization said that "it seems to me indispensable, as I said a few days ago, that the two countries renew dialogue as soon as possible; beyond the situation of tension generated by this pending matter, this is necessary to ensure that the two sister countries maintain, independently of the controversy, a friendly relationship."

In the context of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Central American Integration System (SICA), held today in Belize and to which he was invited as observer, Secretary General Insulza spoke with the President of Guatemala, Álvaro Colom, and the Under Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico for Latin America and the Caribbean, Rubén Beltrán, on the importance for Nicaraguans and Costa Ricans to reach a rapprochement. In this sense, the OAS representative expressed hope that "this initiative can reach positive results."

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Reference: E-491/10