Cape Times

Colombia dismisses boundary claim


THE HAGUE: Lawyers for Colombia yesterday dismissed Nicaragua’s claims before the Internatio­nal Court of Justice (ICJ), insisting that Bogota did respect a 2012 ruling on their maritime boundaries in the western Caribbean by the same court.

“All of Nicaragua’s claims are unsubstant­iated and artificial. They are founded on words, not actions,” lawyer Manuel Jose Cepeda said.

On Monday, lawyers for Nicaragua said Colombia had violated a 2012 ruling by the ICJ, also known as the World Court, which drew a demarcatio­n line in favour of Nicaragua in Caribbean waters, reducing the expanse of sea belonging to Colombia.

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