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OAS Secretary General Welcomes International Court’s Ruling in Costa Rica – Nicaragua Case 

  March 8, 2011

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, welcomed the ruling pronounced today by the International Court of Justice in The Hague involving provisional measures adopted in the conflict between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. 

Secretary General Insulza recalled that on November 12, 2010, following the presentation of his report after a trip to the conflict zone, the Permanent Council requested that the two countries “avoid the presence of military or security forces in the area, where their existence might rouse tension,” with the goal of creating the conditions for rapprochement and generating measures of trust that would allow for a peaceful solution to the conflict. 

This morning in The Hague, the International Court issued mandatory measures, among them, that the two parties abstain from sending military or security personnel to the conflict zone, with the objective of clearing the area involved in the dispute. Now the issue must be resolved through the legal system or a friendly agreement between the two countries. 

The head of the OAS, who visited the two nations on a mandate from the Permanent Council immediately after the controversy, highlighted Costa Rica’s and Nicaragua’s desire for peace, and made a call to both governments to retake dialogue and mutual trust, thus paving the way for a solution to the problem that separates them.

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Reference: E-557/11