Nicaragua Says Colombia Defying UN Court In Sea Row
The Hague, Sept 21 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Sep, 2021 ) :Nicaragua accused Colombia on Monday of openly defying judges at the UN's top court in a bitter decades-long legal battle over maritime borders.
Finally opening Nicaragua's case at the Hague-based court after years of legal wrangling, the country's representative Carlos Jose Arguello Gomez accused Colombia of "ignoring and violating Nicaragua's rights".
"It is an open challenge to the authority of the court," he said.
Colombia, which had recently proposed a referendum on the issue, said its navy would ignore the judgment, called the ICJ the "enemy" and "even questioned the moral standing of members of the court", Gomez said.
"The refusal of Colombia to comply with the judgment and respect Nicaragua's rights goes on to this day," he added.
Colombia is due to present its case later this week at the ICJ, which rules on disputes between UN member states.
"Colombia has defended its rights and acted in accordance with international law," Arrieta said Monday in a video given to reporters by the country's foreign ministry.
"We knew Nicaragua was going to come out in full force, but it is not saying anything that it has not already said, and our arguments remain the same," he added.
Although there are no land borders between Nicaragua, located in Central America, and Colombia, which is in South America, diplomatic relations have been strained for almost a century over disputed maritime limits.
Judges at the ICJ ruled in 2016 that they had jurisdiction in the dispute, brushing aside Colombian objections that it was not competent to hear the cases.
Countries are obliged to implement judgments by the ICJ, which are final, cannot be appealed and are seen as carrying great compulsion.
In rare situations where a country refuses to implement the ruling, the matter can then be referred to the UN Security Council by the complaining country for further action.