Nicaragua Denounces Possible Military Provocations from Costa Rica

Managua, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) The Army of Nicaragua denounced on Monday possible provocations by Costa Rican radical forces in order to stoke the neighbouring conflict concerning the river San Juan.

The head of Public Relations of the local Army, Colonel Juan Ramon Morales, told the press that Costa Rican extremist sectors are interested in provoking armed confrontations on the border to complicate the relations of friendship between these two countries.

Nicaragua and Costa Rica have been involved in a dispute concerning the San Juan River for almost three months, after Nicaragua began dredging, an action to which the government of Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla is opposed.

The conflict will be discussed officially starting Tuesday in the International Court of Justice of The Hague, Holland, where representatives of the two countries will have to offer their respective reports on the dispute.

These groups, said the military spokesman, seemingly press the Executive of Chinchilla, for “dark interests tied to drug trafficking “.

Morales, who said he based his remarks on intelligence reports, alleged that several possible stages are mentioned, such as invading Nicaraguan territories and attacking the frontier and military positions of Nicaragua.

The spokesman of the Nicaraguan Army said that the pertinent measures will be taken to repel any aggression on the sovereignty of Nicaragua.

Meanwhile, in Costa Rica the minister of Security, José Maria Tijerino, informed in statements to the newspaper La Prensa that a series of heliports are constructed to establish a system of national defense.

Tijerino said that the heliports are defended by tactical forces and have their own antiaircraft defense.

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