Nicaragua’s Ortega answers Colombia’s Santos

(posted Nov. 19, 8:15 p.m.)- President Daniel Ortega is calling today’s ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) a “great victory for all the people of Nicaragua” and says Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ apparent refusal to recognize the verdict is “worrisome.”

 In a rare and curious show of national unity, Ortega addressed the nation Monday night flanked by former Presidents Arnoldo Alemán and Enrique Bolaños, officials from the administration of ex-President Violeta Chamorro, and current political nemesis Eduardo Montealegre. Joining the motley crew on stage in Managua’s Plaza de la Revolución, which was filled with members of the Sandinista Youth, party apparatchiks and other special invitees, Ortega stressed that today’s Court ruling in favor of Nicaragua was a result of the sustained effort by all previous administrations.

President Daniel Ortega

“Despite our contradictions, we transcended those differences to unite in benefit of the people and the country,” Ortega said, referring to previous administrations that he normally blames for submerging the country in a “neoliberal nightmare.”

“No one dismantled this battle; no one gave up,” Ortega said in reference to Nicaragua’s 11-year legal battle in The Hague, which started under the Alemán administration in 2001.

Ortega, who despite his nation-first nod couldn’t help but festoon the stage with red-and-black Sandinista flags, also answered the Colombian president’s feisty rhetoric from earlier this afternoon by calling his colleague’s position “lacking in seriousness.”

“This represents a total disrespect for international law, a total disrespect for the International Court of Justice and a total lack of respect for the people of Colombia because he gave his word (that he would respect the World Court’s ruling) and now he is contradicting himself,” Ortega said. “And that worries us.”

Ortega then pushed the envelope a bit further by saying he considers the islanders of Colombia’s San Andres still “to be Nicaraguans”—bestowing on them a nationality they themselves haven’t shown any interest in claiming for almost a century.

Feeling on a roll, the normally dour Ortega even displayed what might be mistaken as an unexpected attempt at humor. In response to Santos’ reported plans to spend tonight on San Andres Island, Ortega, mocking the ICJ’s ruling in his own right by stressing his continued ownership claim to the Colombian island, said: “Welcome to San Andres, President Santos.”  

 

  • Augusto

    This is for the writer of this article. Ex-president Aleman did present the case to the ICJ but it wasn’t in 2011.

    • Tim Rogers

      typo. fixed

  • http://nicawebsite Juan Carlos

    Panama, Costa Rica, Y toda la Costa de Mosquitos le pertenecian a Colombia: y legalmente aun le pertenecen; lo que ocurre es que las Naciones imperialistas van dividiendo el mundo como a ellos se les de la gana para beneficio propio. Y el incompetente de Ortega les esta aceptando el jueguito que le puede traer consquencias “nefastas” a todos los Nicaraquenses. La solucion mas sabia es: trazar una linea vertical equidistante de la costa Nicaraguense y de el archipielago de San Andres Colombia. Asi se termina este irracional litigio. De otro modo todo Nicaragua quedara bajo la autoridad y SOBERANIA COLOMBIANA.

  • Carlos Briones

    Si el guerrero del teclado arriba tuviese pantalones: no se esperaria de el a que tambien y con el mismo impetu defienda la perdida de Panama?

    Esta claro que, partiendo del mismo razonamiento, como Panama pertenecia a Colombia, todo, incluyendo El Canal, le deberia pertenecer a Colombia.

    Colombia le tiene miedo a una bola de delincuentes disfrazados de combatientes como las FARC. Ruega preguntar: tendra el valor de enfrentar a un verdadero ejercito?

    • gavroche

      La “victoria” de Ni-Cara-Agua es menuda comparada con la riqueza que a Colombia le resta. Para Colombia lo más importante es la GENTE. Por eso ha cedido territorio ante Brasil, Perú y Venezuela: porque la VIDA (aún la de los malos vecinos) es mas preciada que cualquier territorio.

    • Aczel Largaespada

      Aparte de la pregunta “Tendra el valor de enfrentar a un verdadero ejercito?” tambien nos hacemos la pregunta que si lo harian sin apoyo de Estados Unidos? Sin esos 7 Billones de dolares desde el ano 2000 en estos momentos tendrian de presidente al Mono Jo Joy

  • Alberto

    I agree with President Ortega.