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“Expansionist” Nicaragua: Colombia

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A new episode has started in a long-running dispute over maritime territory between Colombia and Nicaragua, which Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos last week described as "expansionist" and “provocative”.

Currently, Nicaragua is claiming nearly 1,000 square kilometers of continental shelf, a part of the Caribbean Sea which has in the past been considered part of Colombia’s territorial waters.

With an ambitious project to build an inter-ocean canal, Nicaragua might be looking to ensure access to the waterway by large vessels .

The new conflict comes a year after Nicaragua was declared the owner of the economic rights over 75,000 square kilometers of the Caribbean Sea around the San Andrés Islands, following a trial before the International Court of Justice, based in The Hague.