Colombia sent a letter to the Secretary General of the UN asking to review the International Court of Justice ruling on the San Andres islands, claiming “loopholes” in the court’s decision, the Foreign Minister stated Wednesday.
Confirming Foreign Minister Maria Holguin’s conviction that Colombia “will not give up” on the dispute with Nicaragua, Colombia has sent a letter to the United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki Moon asking him to review the “loopholes” of the ruling on the San Andres islands and surrounding waters, reported newspaper El Espectador.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling that decided Monday to grant maritime jurisdiction to Nicaragua in water that had previously belonged to Colombia has caused Colombia to challenge the court’s judgment.
“I deplore the decision of the Court, but we will not give up on what happened,” said Holguin in Congress.
According to El Espectador, Colombia’s government has also hired new lawyers to help review the case and has approached diplomatic bodies of other countries such as Panama and Costa Rica for their support.
The ICJ verdict that gave some maritime rights to Nicaragua also permitted Colombia to maintain control of the San Andres and Providencia archipelagos that are located approximately 150 miles east of Nicaragua and 500 miles northwest of Colombia.