In the border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the International Court of Justice in The Hague yesterday announced its ruling on the interim legal protection requested by Costa Rica. Werner Hoyer, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today:
“I expressly welcome the fact that – just as on previous occasions – Costa Rica and Nicaragua have again sought to settle their border dispute peacefully within the framework of international law. I am firmly convinced that this is the right way to resolve the dispute between the two countries. I call upon both governments to fully implement the International Court of Justice ruling and to respect the subsequent decision in the main proceedings.”
In October 2010, the decades-old border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua surrounding the border river San Juan broke out again. The two sides agreed – as in earlier cases – to submit the dispute to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. A ruling in the main proceedings is not expected for several years.