Ortega receives envoys from Vatican, Venezuela, Costa Rica

(posted Feb. 27, 10:45 a.m.)- President Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo last night received the credentials of three new envoys to Nicaragua: Vatican Nuncio Furtunatus Nwachukwu, Venezuelan Ambassador José Javier Arrúe and Costa Rican Ambassador Javier Sancho Bonilla.

In receiving the credentials from the Vatican’s envoy, Ortega assured the pink-robed papal ambassador that his government is dedicated to the principles of Christianity, especially those of family and life.

“We are totally committed to these principles that we share with the bishops and the Cardinal (Miguel Obando y Bravo)…the principles of family, the principles of life. And we ask that you accompany us in this struggle, in this battle, we ask for the Catholic Church to accompany us,” said Ortega.

“The family, this fundamental nucleus, and the great Nicaraguan family and the great human family, today is battling for these principles that Christianity has defended and has defended in these difficult times of Pope Benedict XVI, facing the terrible conflicts that are happening in some regions of our planet—there we see the word of the Church, the word of the pope, calling for peace and insisting on peace,” Ortega said, according to Sandinista media outlets that covered the event.

Costa Rica puts on its diplomatic face

Costa Rican Ambassador Javier Sancho Bonilla first presented his credentials to Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos last September, but wasn’t received by President Ortega until last night (photo/ Costa Rica Gov’t)

Ortega and Costa Rican Ambassador Sancho also put on their best diplomatic faces during last night’s event. Sancho, who has been in the country since the beginning of last September, had to wait nearly six months to be received by President Ortega.

Last night, however, the two men acted as if relations between their two neighboring countries were almost normal. Ortega and Sancho focused on the events that united their two countries in the mid 19th century, rather than those that have divided them in the 21st.

Ortega, who skipped last week’s Central American presidential summit hosted by Costa Rica’s Laura Chinchilla, said he hopes to get the chance to meet with the Costa Rican president on the day the International Court of Justice (ICJ) finally rules on two nations’ long-standing border dispute. The ruling is expected sometime this year.

“Just as we have no doubt that you will respect the ruling from The Hague, Nicaragua can rest assured that Costa Rica, in staying loyal to its tradition of respect for treaties and international law, will do the same,” Sancho said.

Sancho did not mention his government’s opinion about Nicaragua’s alleged “invasion” of Isla Portillos—an ongoing incident that Costa Rica continues to protest as violation of international law by Nicaragua.



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