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Nicaragua Accuses Costa Rica's "Army" Of Incursions Into Its Country

The government of Daniel Ortega accused on Wednesday Costa Rican armed forces of repeated violations of Nicaraguan territory, however, denying that its military has allegedly committed similar violations the week earlier.

Nicaragua sent a diplomatic note to Costa Rica's MInistro de Relaciones Exteriores (Foreign Minister), Rene Castro, demanding a stop to these types of acts. The note was sent by Nicaragua's acting MInistro de Relaciones Exteriores, Manuel Coronel Kautz.

In the allegations, the Nicaraguans did not bother to spell out where and when the incursions occurred, only that they did and must stop.

The note by Kautz reads "the government of Nicaragua hereby expresses its strongest protest against the repeated violations of the military troops Costa Rican Nicaraguan territory".

Perhaps Kautz is not aware that Costa Rica does not have an army, that the armed forces it sent to the border last week were armed police personnel.

The row at the border began with Nicaragua's dredging of the San Juan river, which is clearly in Nicaraguan territory and causing environmental damage and reports of Nicaraguan soldiers entering Costa Rican territory.

Kautz said that said that the cleanup was being performed according to the established rights in the applicable international treaties and conventions and that it will continue the cleanup of the river and protect its borders.

The Nicaraguan Foreign Minister also proposed that the "bi-national commission" that is scheduled to meet next week, take up the matter of discussing a clear demarcation of the border between the two countries.


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