U.S. says willing to help solve border row between Nicaragua, Costa Rica

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U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua Robert Callahan said Wednesday his government is willing to help solve the border dispute between Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

At a press conference, Callahan called for an efficient, fair and peaceful solution to the ongoing tension between Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

As long as the countries request it, the United States is ready to provide a solution, framed by efforts from the Organization of American States (OAS), he said.

Callahan also supported Nicaragua's proposal that the both sides engage in dialogue as soon as possible to establish the geographic border between the two countries.

"It is truly a valid idea, but the Nicaraguan government has to discuss, talk and negotiate with the Costa Rican government to find a satisfactory solution for both countries," he said.

Tensions between Nicaragua and Costa Rica were aroused when Costa Rica accused the Nicaraguan army of intruding on its territory during the dredging of the San Juan River.

Nicaragua rejected the accusations and said it would keep its troops in the tension zone, as they fought against international drug trafficking and cleaned the area bordering both countries.

Costa Rica then presented the conflict to the OAS, which agreed to mediate the dispute. The OAS is expected to hold a meeting Thursday to discuss the results of the mediation.

The San Juan River runs much of its 120 miles along a natural border with Costa Rica. For more than a century, the two neighbors had sparred over navigation and fishing rights in the area.

Their disputes were mostly settled in July 2009 by the International Court of Justice, which ruled that Nicaragua has sovereignty over the river, but Costa Rica has the right to navigate it.

Source: Xinhua


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