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Costa Rica and Nicaragua begin hearings at the ICJ

(17 April 2015)

Costa Rica and Nicaragua’s hearing before the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, has begun. The court will hear arguments regarding the status of the San Juan River, which forms the boundary between the two countries.

At the opening session on 14 April 2015, Costa Rica claimed that Nicaraguan canal dredging operations represented a territorial claim. According to Costa Rican Ambassador Edgar Ugalde Alvarez, “the work was undertaken with precise intention of transforming and amputating the part of Costa Rican territory.” Nicaraguan Ambassador Carlos Jose Arguello Gomez responded to the claims by noting that, “Nicaragua considers that that territory belongs to Nicaragua.”

The hearings at the ICJ are expected to finish by 24 April 2015.


ICJ hearings start in dispute between Costa Rica-Nicaragua, 14 April 2015, The Associated Press,