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Nicaraguan Army and Flag Confirmed On Costa Rican Soil

With pictures and video in hand, Costa Rica's ministro de Seguridad, José María Tijerino, on Monday confirmed the presence of Nicaraguan soldiers on Costa Rican soil, mainly the Isla Calero, a piece of land on the Costa Rican side of the San Juan river.
Tijerino said that the pictures and video show the flag located on the property, known as Finca Aragón, and trees cut down and sediment deposited from the dredging operations in the river by Nicaragua.

The Security minister said a fly over of the area Monday morning revealed the presence of Nicaragua's armed forces on Costa Rican territory and that the Fuerza Pública (police) presence in the area will be reinforced to protect national territory.

Tijerino did not give details on the number of police that would be deployed in the area, saying only they would be sent to the town of Barra del Colorado located in the northeast corner of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is also denouncing the incursion with the Organization of American States (OAS), saying it is an appropriate action given that Costa Rica's sovereignty is at stake.

The minister said he hopes the OAS's involvement will ensure no further damage to the environment and a respect of the border by the northern neighbour.

Both Rene Castro, Costa Rica's Foreign minister and Tijerino said they do not buy the explanations by Nicaragua that the incursions are part of its fight against drug trafficking in the area.

Tijerino added that a solution to the problem will be sought by way of diplomatic channels.

Evidence of damage caused by Nicaraguan army. Foto courtesy MSP


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