Colombia’s congress on Tuesday requested the government to maintain a military presence in Caribbean waters recently granted to Nicaragua by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Colombian newspaper El Espectador reported that the speaker for the House of Representatives, Augusto Sanchez, claimed that the navy should not be removed from areas surrounding San Andres following the announcement that the Nicaraguan government began naval patrols of their newly acquired waters.
Sanchez also said “Colombia generally has no war tradition but must continue to exercise sovereignty despite the announcement of Nicaragua.”
Colombia’s congress will stage a meeting on the osland of San Andres next week to demonstrate its sovereignty over the disputed waters surrounding the island.
The Colombian government so far has refused to accept the ruling and announced to have formed a team of attorneys to find ways to not comply with the unappelable ruling granting 30,000 square miles of the western Caribbean sea to Nicaragua.