Nicaragua warns Costa Rica it may try to ‘reclaim’ province in court

September 3, 2013 7:13 am
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 Nicaraguan President, Daniel Ortega, seen in Managua, on November 4, 2012. Ortega warned Costa Rica that Nicaragua may ask the International Court of Justice to restore to Managua a province he said it lost to "occupation" in 1824./AFP
Nicaraguan President, Daniel Ortega, seen in Managua, on November 4, 2012. Ortega warned Costa Rica that Nicaragua may ask the International Court of Justice to restore to Managua a province he said it lost to “occupation” in 1824./AFP

, MANAGUA September 3- President Daniel Ortega warned Costa Rica that Nicaragua may ask the International Court of Justice to restore to Managua a province he said it lost to “occupation” in 1824.

Ortega was referring to Guanacaste province, which is about 20 percent of neighboring Costa Rica’s territory and a popular tourism hub.

“Costa Rica did not win that territory in an international court, but rather by force, with arms,” Ortega said at a military ceremony on Monday.

He said he would like to negotiate with San Jose over the issue, an idea that has been rejected by Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla.

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