Nicaraguan politicians urge president to solve conflict with Costa Rica

12:50, November 15, 2010      

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Nicaraguan politicians on Sunday urged President Daniel Ortega to make diplomatic efforts to solve the conflict with Costa Rica.

Victor Hugo Tinoco, a deputy from the Sandinist Renewal Movement (MRS), told the local press that the resolution of the Organization of American States (OAS) is positive, because it only invites Nicaragua "to avoid" its military presence in San Juan River, bordering Costa Rica.

On Saturday night, during a TV and radio broadcast, Ortega said the OAS made a decision in favor of Costa Rica's interests by urging Nicaragua to withdraw its troops from the disputed zone of Isla Calero.H Tinoco said on Sunday that the crisis with Costa Rica is of not military character, so withdrawing the troops will not put the Nicaraguan sovereignty at risk.

Hugo Torres, also an MRS deputy, urged Ortega to show his political will to seek a negotiated solution to the conflict and asked him to "avoid patriotic positions" which would only increase the confrontation spirit between both countries.

Mauricio Diaz, former Nicaraguan ambassador to Costa Rica, said that Ortega has the final say over any possible bilateral dialogue.

Nicaragua should not close its doors to the possibility of finding a negotiated solution to the controversy, he added.

The OAS approved a resolution on Friday calling for removal of Nicaraguan soldiers and security forces from the disputed area along the San Juan River, prompting Costa Rica to declare a "diplomatic victory."

In his response, Ortega said his government was considering withdrawing from the OAS and he called the OAS permanent council's vote "manipulated" and "a conspiracy."

In October, Nicaragua sent about 50 soldiers to the disputed area, which it claims as its own. Costa Rica calls the move as an "invasion" and brought the case to the OAS.

Source: Xinhua


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