UN ruling gives Colombia islets but Nicaragua more sea

Well, it's resolved. That is, the boundary dispute between Colombia and Nicaragua. Effectively, both sides won. The World Court said that the islets belonged to (continued to belong to) Colombia) but it also re-drew the maritime boundry in favor of Nicaragua. Colombia is not pleased.

This information is in the news on many sites. One of the most reasonable articles in by the BBC.

In its ruling on Monday, the ICJ, the UN's highest court, said the islets of Roncador, Quitasueno, Serrana, Serranilla, Bajo Nuevo, Cayo Bolivar and Alburquerque were Colombia's.

The court set new borders to give Colombia control of the water and seabed around its islands and islets. But the new demarcation line also gives Nicaragua more sea territory.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Article in The Economist

The Economist has a good article on what areas are involved, complete with a map, plus a discussion of the political side of the decision.

I do have one nit to pick. From the article:

However, Mr Uribe has accused Mr Santos of being soft on the country’s enemies, and the Colombian public was outraged by the ruling. Many Colombians still smart over the loss of Panama, which was once a Colombian province, in 1903.

Either sentence was pretty OK but it they wanted them both it should have been clarified that the enemies have changed. It was the US who was the enemy in the theft of Panama.

Colombia "changes its mind"

A BBC article says that Colombia has pulled out of the ICJ. While serious because this eliminates using the ICJ to help settle future international disputes involving Colombia, there is a funny side. That is, that Colombia areed that ICJ decisions would be binding but when it doesn't like a decision it changes its mind.

[Colombia's President] Santos has now announced that Colombia is pulling out of the Bogota Treaty, signed in 1948, that recognises the court's rulings. General view of the area with San Andres Island The region is rich in fishing resources, and potentially gas and oil

"The borders between nations cannot be in the hands of a court of law," he said. "They must be drawn by agreement between the countries involved."

He went on to say that only peaceful means would be used to resolve this already resolved dispute. I am sure there will be more to come.

Uribe involved

Ex-president Uribe was in San Andreas as covered by Canal NTN24. The report is in Spanish but essentially Uribe said Colombia should strongly reject the ICJ decision.

Colombia having a cow

A Reuters article offers an update on Colombia's position on the decision.

"We should act quickly and study the possibility of withdrawing from the Bogota Pact," Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin told the Colombian Congress. She said she feared Nicaragua could file another complaint at the international court to further extend its sea borders.

The article goes on to explain that would not change the status of the ICJ decision.

got a sneaky feeling..

someone thinks there is oil..out there

Ah, yeah

I'd read that NIcaragua has leased some prospective underground exploratory drilling sites already off the Atlantic coast.

Rebecca Brown


There was talk of offshore oil back when Nicaragua and Costa Rica were having their little face off over the San Juan River border which probably affects the exact border between their territorial waters