Costa Rica filed ICJ complaint over Nicaragua border dispute

On November 18, 2010, Costa Rica filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice (ICJ), accusing Nicaragua of violating its territorial integrity and damaging protected wetlands, and contending that 50 Nicaraguan soldiers remained in the area. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega had previously rejected an Organization of the American States resolution that would have forced Nicaraguan troops to leave the area. Nicaragua denied the accusations that the troops were damaging the environment, accusing the Costa Ricans themselves of causing the damage. The ICJ eventually ruled in Costa Rica's favor, determining that Nicaragua had breached its treaty obligations.


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