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Colombia says tensions with Nicaragua remain

03-15-2011 15:48 BJT

BOGOTA, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin said Monday Colombia's ties with Nicaragua are still difficult, and accused the Nicaraguan government of not showing interest in improving the bilateral situation.

Holguin told local daily El Tiempo that both countries lack "flowing relations".

"While the problem with Nicaragua advances, we do not see much interest in maintaining relations with us," she said.

The bilateral conflict between Colombian and Nicaragua started in 2001, when Nicaragua presented a territorial demand to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the sovereignty of the tourist islands of San Andres and Providencia, in addition to the tiny Roncador, Serrana and Quitasueno islands.

In 2007, the ICJ ruled that those territories belong to Colombia, but a resolution on the maritime sea borders have yet to be issued. The process continues at the ICJ.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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