Nicaragua’s president, Daniel Ortega, emphasized the transcendental role of the Nicaraguan Naval Force in the surveillance and protection of maritime territory, and highlighted the actions of the military after the ruling of the International Court of Justice, in the Hague, on the dispute with Colombia.
The leader of the Latin American country, in his speech commemorating the 43rd anniversary of the establishment of the Nicaraguan Naval Force, said that as of November 2012, when the International Court of Justice ruling was given, it is evident «heroism, vocation, spirit of service, the spirit of sacrifice of the brothers who have been patrolling those 75,000 square kilometers of maritime territory that Nicaragua recovered, thanks to the struggle of its people, thanks to the Revolution that brought the demand to the International Court of Justice».
He also recalled that at that time of the historic ruling of the ICJ, in Colombia was president, Juan Manuel Santos; and that the former president Álvaro Uribe was shouting, because he maintains the position that warships, Colombian warships, must be put back on the coast of Nicaragua, so that Nicaragua cannot go beyond that territorial sea of the Caribbean that belongs to Nicaragua».
Powers divided the maritime territory that belonged to Nicaragua
Ortega stated and asked in his speech: San Andrés is at 200 kilometers from Nicaragua, how many kilometers is San Andres from Colombia? It is at 800 kilometers. It is a territorial sea that belonged to Nicaragua and belongs to Nicaragua, he said.
He also illustrated that in the midst of the compromises of the English, the Americans, powers that were disputed then those territories, which had to do with taking Colombia’s Panamanian territory, «there, they agreed between them to divide that sea, and decided whom the sea belonged to, there was no Court, it was simply the powers deciding how to divide maritime territory that belonged to the Nicaraguan nation, the Nicaraguan people», denounced the leader of the Sandinista Revolution.
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The Nicaraguan statesman and president stressed that without having a significant military force, the Naval Force since that day (of the ICJ ruling) began to sail, «and the Colombian warships appeared, and threatened them with retreat or sinking, and the comrades did not retreat, and they preferred to risk being sunk rather than retreat; and so they have continued to protect that immense maritime territory that for our Naval Force is an enormous effort,» he said.
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Ortega praised that the functions of the Naval Force are a truly heroic task and that «it deserves our recognition and that it deserves our accompaniment, and that it deserves to be proud of the Nicaraguan Naval Force on its 43rd anniversary».