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Costa Rica Continues with Construction of $20 Million Border Road

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The Comptroller General of Costa Rica approved a special budget equivalent to U.S. $20 million to advance the construction of a road parallel to the San Juan River located at the Nicaragua border.

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Costa Rica will continue construction of border road

The Comptroller General of Costa Rica approved a special budget equivalent to U.S. $ 20 million to advance the construction of a road parallel to the river San Juan, on the border with Nicaragua, the institution said Monday.

The authorization will allow the National Highway Council (Conavi), Ministry of Transport, continue the path of about 160 km, whose construction has been adversada by the government of Nicaragua, on the grounds that cause environmental damage, particularly to the river that is Nicaraguan sovereignty.

The Central American Court of Justice (CCJ), based in Managua, Costa Rica ordered, on January 17, to suspend the works to protect the ecosystem of the river, to which the Costa Rican government responded that it does not recognize or has never recognized the Regional Court’s jurisdiction, so it is not acceptable resolution.

On this occasion, Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo said the road construction would be completed in the legitimate exercise of Costa Rican sovereignty, it is necessary to the security and development in the north of the country.
However, the works were suspended for lack of resources, according to official figures.

The road project is part of a government of President Laura Chinchilla to boost economic development and strengthen security along the border with Nicaragua.
Costa Rica and Nicaragua held a dispute over a small piece of land at the eastern end of their common border at the mouth of San Juan in the Caribbean Sea, which has led to a marked cooling of diplomatic relations.

The dispute is being elucidated by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), based in The Hague.

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