162689Escalating border disputes hurt Latin America
- Sep 23, 2013Excerpt from an Andres Oppenheimer column this morning. Andres Oppenheimer is an Argentine-born columnist and a member of The Miami Herald team that won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize. See http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/21/v-print/3639908/andres-oppenheimer-escalating.html". . . escalating tensions between several Latin American countries ... are ... affecting talks on trade, investment and security issues with the region.
U.S. and European officials complain that its hard to negotiate agreements with Central American or South American economic blocs because their members refuse to sit at the same table with their neighbors because of border disputes or political conflicts.
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Ortega is not only quarreling with Colombia and Panama over territorial waters, but also with Costa Rica over land along the San Juan River on their common border.
That long-standing conflict escalated in recent weeks after the Nicaraguan president made a rambling speech before his countrys army seemingly suggesting that Nicaragua may seek to make a legal claim before the ICJ over Costa Ricas province of Guanacaste.
Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla issued a statement on Aug. 15calling Nicaragua an adversary country that invaded part of her country two years ago. The two presidents accuse one another of inflaming nationalist passions to cover up for their domestic political troubles.. . .."And the beat goes on . . ..Anthony C./Curridabat