MIL-OSI Translation: Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the start of hearings at the ICJ in the case of the Nicaraguan lawsuit on “Alleged Violations of Sovereign Rights and Spaces”


MIL OSI Translation. Region: Spanish / Latin America / UN –

Source: Republic of Colombia

Bogotá, September 20, 2021. On the occasion of the start of the hearings at the International Court of Justice, ICJ, in the case related to the Nicaraguan lawsuit on “Alleged Violations of Sovereign Rights and Maritime Spaces”, the Ministry of Foreign Relations allows you to report the following:

In accordance with the procedure established by the ICJ, today it was the responsibility of Nicaragua to present its arguments as the claimant State.

There is nothing new in the arguments presented by Nicaragua. However, we will not lower our guard against the claims of that country.

Colombia will present its arguments against said lawsuit this Wednesday, September 22. Colombia’s position is clear and will be reaffirmed by the agents before the Court:

• We will defend our rights with the legitimacy that our Constitution and international law grant us. We go to the ICJ to enforce such rights.

• According to the Colombian Constitution the limits can only be modified by means of a treaty. This has been ratified by the Constitutional Court.

• Nicaragua has tried from the beginning to ignore the inalienable rights of our country.

That day the country will also present the arguments that support our two counterclaims: One of them, ratifying the right of the raizales of the islands of the Archipelago to fish in the traditional banks. The other, rejecting Nicaragua’s claim to unilaterally adjudicate marine areas that do not belong to it, by issuing a decree based on which it mistakenly measures its maritime spaces in the Caribbean Sea.

We will continue to preserve our sovereignty and the rights of the Nation, in accordance with our legal system and international law.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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