Ban hails commitment by Costa Rica, Nicaragua to abide by UN court’s ruling on border dispute

General view of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in session. UN Photo/Andrea Brizzi

17 December 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the commitment by Costa Rica and Nicaragua to abide by the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on their border dispute.

In decision on the joined cases concerning territorial and related differences between the two sides, the Hague-based ICJ ruled yesterday that Nicaragua violated Costa Rica’s territorial sovereignty and navigational rights but did not breach procedural or substantive environmental obligations through its dredging of the San Juan River.

It also ruled that Costa Rica violated its obligation to carry out an environmental impact assessment concerning the construction of Route 1856, but did not breach substantive environmental obligations.

“The Secretary-General expresses the hope that Nicaragua and Costa Rica will continue working to improve their relations as neighbouring countries with strong linkages among their citizens,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said.

“He encourages the two Governments to abide by the ICJ's decision, as they have both publicly committed to do,” it added.

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