San Juan River dispute aired at The Hague

Costa Rica

Costa Rican and Nicaraguan officials this month began oral arguments at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, Netherlands to settle a dispute over border territory in the San Juan River basin. The disagreement forms part of a century-long struggle between the two nations over control of the San Juan River, much of whose 120-mile (190-km) course from Lake Nicaragua to the Caribbean runs along their common border. The current dispute concerns a 94-square-mile (151-sq-km) area of wetlands known as Isla Portillos in Costa Rica and Harbour Head in Nicaragua. The land, a rough triangle, is surrounded by water, with the San Juan River on its northern side, a canal on its southwestern side and the Caribbean... [Log in to read more]

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