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Costa Rica Seeks OAS Meeting on Alleged Nicaraguan Incursion

SAN JOSE – Costa Rica has requested a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States to address the alleged presence of Nicaraguan military on Costa Rican territory.

A reconnaissance flight on Monday over the area along the Nicaragua border spied some 50 Nicaraguan soldiers there who had even raised their country’s flag, Costa Rican Foreign Minister Rene Castro and Security Minister Jose Maria Tijerino told a press conference.

“Due to the situation discovered Tuesday I contacted the secretary-general of the OAS (Jose Miguel Insulza) and asked him to call a meeting of the Permanent Council of the OAS,” Castro said.

He also said that he sent a note to Nicaragua asking for an end to its activities in the area as a condition for going ahead with the planned Nov. 27 meeting of the binational commission in Costa Rica with the presence of President Laura Chinchilla and Nicaraguan counterpart Daniel Ortega.

Tijerino also said that he will send police reinforcements to the border area, without specifying the number of officers, with an order to avoid an armed clash with Nicaraguan troops.

Relations between the two countries have been tense for almost two weeks because of the dredging works that Nicaragua is carrying out in the San Juan River where it marks the border between the two countries near the Caribbean Sea.

Costa Rica presented an official complaint to Managua at the end of October after discovering that Nicaragua had dumped sediment from the dredging on its territory.

The Nicaraguan government responded with accusations of Costa Rican agents entering its territory.

Two weeks ago the Costa Rican government also sent a group of about 70 heavily armed policemen to keep watch over the area, but up to now no incidents have been reported. EFE
 

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