Costa Rica Submits Reports to ICJ in Nicaragua Trial

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Costa Rica will submit 7 scientific and technical studies at the second hearing to be held November 6 at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in response to the claim of Nicaragua for alleged environmental damage to the river San Juan, Gioconda Ubeda, Deputy Foreign Minister said.

“We have seven studies that complement each other, proving that these effects are not irreparable or irreversible and therefore we have not caused environmental damage of the magnitude that they have mentioned in the hearings,” said Ubeda.

According to Deputy Minister of Costa Rica, there is no scientific proof that Costa Rica has caused damage to the river.
Ubeda said that the evidence will “refute” the claims of Nicaragua.

The deputy minister said the scientific and technical studies were conducted by “international and national experts”, and the University of Costa Rica.

The ICJ hearings opened November 5th to consider the evidence of environmental damage “irreparable” the San Juan River border allegedly caused by construction of the border road known as Costa Rican border route 1856.

Last October, the ICJ also held hearings to process provisional measures requested by Costa Rica on Nicaragua’s failure to cease the construction of a river channel in the wetland of Isla Portillos.

Both countries claim sovereignty of Portillos Island, also known as Calero Island, a wetland area at the mouth of the river.

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