Nicaragua urges Colombia to comply with ICJ ruling, and Gustavo Petro requests dialogue with President Daniel Ortega to encourage dialogue

Nicaragua’s President, Daniel Ortega, urged Colombia to comply definitively, by means of a decree, with the judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), issued in November 2012, through which the Exclusive Economic Zone of Nicaragua is delimited in the Caribbean Sea, yielding up to 75,000 square kilometers to the Central American country. 

During the celebration on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of the Sandinista People’s Revolution, the president of the Central American nation called on the president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, to comply with the ruling of The Hague and to close this border dispute once and for all.

What would we expect at this time from Colombia? What would we expect? They are recognizing the judgment of the Court, which benefits them, they are recognizing and we are abiding by it; but what good is the judgment of the Court to us, will they abide by it? I say to President Petro: There is no other path to follow, the president stressed.

Nicaragua proposes to create a decree on border cases

President Daniel indicated that, if the ICJ has already ruled in favor of Nicaragua and has also ruled in favor of Colombia, this is a way to find ways to translate these resolutions into a decree, between both nations.

In this sense, he proposed establishing an agreement, «where it is clear that Nicaragua already owns, as indeed it is and is exercising sovereignty in those 75,000 square kilometers that the Court gave it, to Nicaragua in the Caribbean Sea. So, in the best spirit of peace, of understanding, I send this message to President Petro,» President Ortega said.

Colombia calls for dialogue with President Daniel Ortega 

After being called by President Daniel to comply with the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, announced his interest in establishing a negotiation process.

We will request dialogue with Nicaragua to negotiate the fishing conditions of the Caribbean Raizal people, we will talk with Ortega, his government, on these new flaws, we can make prevail with the peoples so that they have the right to fishing without being disturbed, they can communicate with each other without barriers,» Petro said.

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Petro acknowledged Colombia’s defeat in November 2012 before the International Court of Justice in The Hague, where Nicaragua was victorious in defending its sovereignty over 75,000 square kilometers in the Caribbean Sea.

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The Government of Colombia, between 2001 and 2012, reaped this international defeat,» said Petro, who stressed that he will request dialogue with Nicaragua, to negotiate the fishing conditions of the Caribbean Raizal people.