Colombia’s former President, Alvaro Uribe, has agreed to appear before Congress to explain how his administration handled a territorial dispute with Nicaragua that ended in Colombia losing maritime territory.
Uribe agreed to appear on May 22 after an opposition lawmaker filed a complaint against him and a second former president, Andres Pastrana, for failing to appear at an earlier hearing.
“I was informed by the chairman of the [Accusations] committee that the hearing of ex-President Uribe will be on May 22,” opposition Representative German Navas reportedly told RCN Radio.
The leftist representative did not say whether Pastrana had also agreed to appear at a hearing.
Congress’ Accusations Committee, in charge of criminal and disciplinary investigations of presidents, wants to hear Uribe and Pastrana on how they handled a case before the International Court of Justice that eventually ended in the court granting 30,000 square miles of Colombian maritime territory to Nicaragua.
Both Presidents were responsible of Colombia’s defense against Nicaraguan claims during their terms.