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Colombia Recalls Ambassador to Nicaragua Over Maritime Dispute

Bogota, November 28 (RHC), -- Colombia has recalled its ambassador to Nicaragua for consultations over an ongoing territorial dispute that a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in favor of the Central American country has failed to resolve, Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin said on Wednesday.

Holguin told a press conference that the Colombian ambassador, Luz Stella Jara, should be arriving Thursday to report on the so far paralyzed dialogue with Nicaragua.

The ICJ affirmed last year that a series of islands strategic for fishing, the San Andres archipelago, belong to Colombia, but at the same time extended Nicaragua's jurisdiction in the Caribbean waters, angering the South American country.

Colombia has refused to abide by the decision, saying its borders must be set by treaties and not by court verdicts, leading Nicaragua to present a new lawsuit at the ICJ on Tuesday.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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