(posted Nov. 28, 12:00 p.m.)- Repeating his call for bilateral talks on the margins of international law, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced this morning that his country has officially withdrawn from the treaty that recognizes the authority of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and hopes to settle the border issue directly with Nicaragua.
Colombia’s withdrawal from the treaty comes amid increasing internal pressures in Colombia to reject the Nov. 19 ruling that extends Nicaragua’s maritime territory by 100,000 square kilometers.
“Never again will we allow what happened on Nov. 19 with ruling by the ICJ,” Santos tweeted to his 1.4 million followers this morning.
Santos said that his country’s withdrawal from the treaty, which ironically is called the Bogota Pact, does not mean “Colombia intends to remove itself from mechanisms for peaceful solutions to problems.”
The decision, he said, is “based on a fundamental principle: borders between states should be established by states.”
Colombia did not seem to believe in that fundamental principle when it entered into an 11-year litigation process with Nicaragua in 2001. Now that the ICJ has ruled in Nicaragua’s favor, Colombia is calling for bilateral talks to resolve the issue outside of international law.
Nicaragua has said that there is nothing to negotiate, and that Colombia will have to accept the ICJ ruling.