(posted June 5, 7:00 p.m.)- A week after President Daniel Ortega declared a “Yellow Alert”—the maximum level of environment alert— along the Río San Juan in response to damages caused by Costa Rica’s addlebrained and slapdash riverbank highway, Costa Rica went back on the offensive today by denouncing alleged Nicaraguan border aggressions before the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS).
Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo told the General Assembly that the problem with Nicaragua in the disputed border territory has “gotten worse with the passage of time.”
“My country must once again denounce Nicaragua’s aggression against our territory and our sovereignty, in disobedience to orders expressed by the International Court of Justice,” Castillo said. “[Nicaragua] continues to harass and occupy Costa Rican territory, since October 2010.”
Castillo said that Costa Rica has responded to Nicaragua’s “military invasion” with “prudence and patience, according to International Law.” He said his country continues to respect the rights of “hundreds of thousands of Nicaraguans” living and working in Costa Rica.
However, he added, “the government of Nicaragua, with its military actions and permanent hostility, are jeopardizing peace and security in the region.”
Meanwhile, Nicaraguan environmentalists claim its Costa Rica that is threatening the environmental peace with its 160-kilometer dirt-road disaster that has recently turned into a muddy misadventure. The $40 million road, which is unfinished and already washing out in the first rains, was built without an environmental impact study, with no plans, and apparently with no clue.
Environmentalists claim the amount of sedimentation the Costa Rica dumps into Nicaragua’s river could increase by 1,000 times as the rainy season turns Tico engineering into a mud pie. Nicaragua estimates the environmental damages will cost millions of dollars.