ICJ Steps in to Solve Colombia and Nicaragua Maritime Feud

The drawn-out conflict centers on land around a group of islands in the Caribbean sea with potencial for oil exploitaiton.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos indicates the disputed islands and maritime borders during a press conference in 2013. | Photo: Twitter/PanAmPost
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos indicates the disputed islands and maritime borders during a press conference in 2013. | Photo: Twitter/PanAmPost

​Mediators from Nicaragua and Colombia must meet to try to solve a long-running dispute over territory in the Caribbean sea, the International Court of Justice announced.

The ICJ will chair public hearings between both countries, at its home in The Hague, over three days in October, the organization said in a statement Friday.

Other hearings over the supposed violation of Colombia to the sovereign rights and Caribbean maritime space of Nicaragua will begin Sept. 28.

In 2012 a court in The Hague ruled that a group of small islands – San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina – belonged to Colombia, but expanded maritime limits in Nicaragua’s favor.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos flatly rejects the current ruling.

The disputed archipelago, which lies some 775km from the Colombian coast and 230km from Nicaragua, is rich in resources for fishing and oil exploration.

The Nicaraguan government has confirmed the potential with extensive experiments.

In 2012 Colombian environmentalists urged the United Nations to prevent hydrocarbon exploitation in the area in order to preserve the marine ecosystem.

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