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Nicaragua and Colombia in Hague hearing over islands

Monday, April 23, 2012

The International Court of Justice in The Hague began listening to the territorial dispute between Colombia and Nicaragua over the San Andres islands.

The Colombian government's case revolves around the fact it has enjoyed "public, peaceful and uninterrupted sovereignty and jurisdiction" over the islands since 1928.

The islands are situated less than 150 kilometers off Nicaragua's Caribbean coast, and more than 600 kilometers from mainland Colombia.

According to the Nicaraguan government's case, Colombia's sovereignty over the islands came into effect as part of the 1928 Barcenas-Esguerra Treaty, signed during the 1927-1933 US military occupation of Nicaragua.

Source: Colombia Reports