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Deterrent: Military conflict with Nicaragua reveals the need of Costa Rica to have own Army.

Photo of a friendly encounter of President Laura Chinchilla and the Nicaraguan president, Daniel Ortega. This photo was taken long ago. Now the situation between the two countries is really tense.

During a quick 14-hour visit to San José, José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), met with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla and Foreign Minister René Castro to discuss the ongoing border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua along the Río San Juan. At the conclusion of the two meetings on Saturday morning, Insulza said that the goal of the OAS is to resolve the matter, which centers on the occupation of Isla Calero by the Nicaraguan military, as quickly and peacefully as possible. The island is located at the mouth of the Río San Juán, which forms the eastern portion of the border between the two countries.

“I have been given a very clear picture of the position of Costa Rica regarding the problem that exists with Nicaragua, including its point of view about the disputed land, the situation on the banks of the Río San Juan and its demand that Nicaragua remove its forces from the area,” Insulza said. “My obligation is to assure that this situation is resolved in a peaceful manner.”

Chinchilla said that during the meetings  Insulza and the members of the OAS mission were presented with evidence of Nicaragua’s “flagrant violation” of Costa Rican sovereignty, including a detailed map of the area in question. She also mentioned several times that Costa Rica hoped for a prompt, peaceful and fair resolution to the conflict.

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